Plymouth roads ready for cold snap

We and our highways contractor Amey are geared up and ready to keep the city moving ahead of this weekend’s forecast cold snap.

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

During this period the weather is monitored 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 1,250 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 managing traffic flow and helping to keep road users safe in dark, wet and cold conditions.

Councillor Brian Vincent, Cabinet Member for Streetscene, said: “We’re focused on keeping the city moving no matter what the weather throws at us. We’re well-prepared for any sudden changes and gritting teams are ready to go as soon as temperatures are forecast to drop below freezing.

“We’ve also been working hard to improve the condition of our road network and are just finishing a major resurfacing programme to give 20 of the city’s main roads and three roundabouts a new lease of life. This is part of an £11.2 million repair programme that will treat two thirds of Plymouth’s A, B and C roads over the next three years.”

Drivers can find useful winter travel advice on our website. For regular winter service updates follow @plymouthroads on Twitter.

  • The city has 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 but there are 400 grit bins around the city that 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. 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 668000 or emailing