Plymouth geared up for cold weather

Road gritting vehicle being filled at Prince Rock DepotWe and our highways contractor Amey are geared up and ready to keep the city moving as the weather turns colder.

Amey’s winter service team is on standby 24 hours a day from the beginning of October to the end of March each year.

It monitors the weather closely via a dedicated forecast station and two sensor stations, to ensure roads are pre-treated with salt before temperatures drop and help prevent icy patches from forming.

The city’s salt barn at Prince Rock Depot is stocked up with 1,000 tonnes of salt and the 400 community salt bins around the city have also been topped up for people to use locally on public roads and footways. 

Teams from Amey and the Council are ready to respond to common weather-related issues such as fallen trees, blocked gullies and localised flooding – as well as manage traffic flow and help keep road users safe in dark, wet and cold conditions.

Councillor Steve Ricketts, Cabinet Member for Transport and Housing Delivery, said: “We’re ready to keep the city moving as winter weather approaches and our gritting teams are on standby to go out as soon as temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing.”

Information about gritting routes and the location of community grit bins is available on our website. For regular winter service updates follow @plymouthroads on Twitter.

Useful info:

  • We have a fleet of seven gritting vehicles
  • A full gritting run covers 42 per cent of the city’s road network (380 km) and takes about four hours
  • Footpaths are not routinely gritted
  • The 400 grit bins around the city can be used by members of the public to treat public roads or footpaths – salt from these bins should not be stockpiled for use on private property
  • Residents who want to treat pavements and driveways in front of their properties should only need a tablespoon of salt for each square metre. Ordinary table salt and dishwasher salt can also be used
  • Residents should avoid using hot water to clear snow or ice as this freezes and causes even more hazardous conditions
  • You can request winter services such as grit box refilling by calling 01752 668000 or emailing