Gritting of Bedford
Bedford Borough Council is responsible
for salting roads when temperatures drop below zero to make sure
all main routes on the network are safe and clear of snow and ice.
We will also clear any snowfall and help keep local roads safe and
clear for drivers.
When do we
Salting is carried out when road temperatures are expected
to drop below zero and when the roads are expected to be damp. Ice
will not form on a dry road surface in a dry atmosphere. We try to
carry out salting either after the evening or before the morning
peak traffic periods. However, during adverse weather conditions,
we may have to salt at other times, even 24 hours around the clock
if we have snow.
How do we know when to
We use a computer system that collects
weather and road information at different sites across the Borough.
It also tells us if any salt is left on the road from previous
salting. This enables us to use salt as wisely as
The Met Office use this information along
with their other weather data to predict weather conditions and
road surface temperatures across the Borough (see forecast text
It is on this information that we base
our decision on whether to salt or not and at what time of the day
What roads do we
A salting network of roads has been
created so that roads carrying the highest amount of traffic and
with the highest risk of accidents are treated. This means that
just under half of the road network is salted. All A and B roads
are salted along with other important local roads. We also try to
ensure that the majority of road users live within a reasonable
distance of a salted route.
click here for a list of the roads that we currently salt in
show PRIMARY salting routes
show SECONDARY salting routes
show URBAN salting routes
show FOOTPATHS salting route around Urban Bedford
In prolonged snow and ice, additional
roads may be treated, but only when the normal salting network
shown on the map is relatively clear of ice and snow.
click here for a list of additional roads that we will plough when
we have heavy and prolonged snow fall.
Clearing snow and ice from pavements
The Department for Transport (Dft) have
produced a 'snow code' that gives information on clearing snow and
ice from the paths outside your home.
The Council’s Winter Maintenance Policy
incorporates the latest government advice which dispels the urban
myth that you may be liable if someone else slips or falls on an
area you have treated. Pedestrians and drivers have a
responsibility to be careful themselves and there have been no
cases in the UK of people being sued for clearing snow.
Tips for clearing snow and ice:
Clear the snow or ice early in
It’s easier to move fresh, loose snow
rather than hard snow that has packed together from people walking
on it. So if possible, start removing the snow and ice in the
morning. If you remove the top layer of snow in the morning, any
sunshine during the day will help melt any ice beneath. You can
then cover the path with salt before nightfall to stop it
Use salt or sand – not
If you use water to melt the snow, it may
refreeze and turn to black ice. Black ice increases the risk of
injuries as it is invisible and very slippery. You can prevent
black ice by spreading some salt on the area you have cleared. You
can use ordinary table or dishwasher salt – a tablespoon for each
square metre you clear should work. Do not use the salt found in
salting bins – this will be needed to keep the roads
Be careful not to spread salt on plants
or grass as it may cause them damage.
If you don’t have enough salt, you can
also use sand or ash. These won’t stop the path icing over as well
as salt, but will provide good grip under foot.
Take care where you move the
When you’re shovelling snow, take care
where you put it so it doesn’t block people’s paths or drains. Make
sure you make a path down the middle of the area to be cleared
first, so you have a clear surface to walk on. Then shovel the snow
from the centre of the path to the sides.
Offer to clear your neighbours’
If your neighbour will have difficulty
getting in and out of their home, offer to clear snow and ice
around their property as well. Check that any elderly or disabled
neighbours are alright in the cold weather. If you’re worried about
them, contact Bedford Borough Council.
Please click here to go to DfT website
How do I get more
If you have any questions, please telephone
the Highway Helpdesk on 01234 718003.
For information on the Winter Maintenance Policy and plan,
please view the link below:
Borough Council Winter Maintenance Policy and Operational
Bedford Borough Council does not look after
trunk roads. Carillion WSP look after the A1 and A421. They
can be contacted on 01767 684616.
Advice for drivers
here for our salting map and advice for drivers