We are responsible for gritting roads when 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 we grit
Gritting is carried out when road temperatures drop below zero and when the roads are expected to be damp. Gritting is done either after the evening or before the morning peak traffic periods.
But, during adverse weather conditions, we may have to grit at other times, even 24 hours around the clock if we have snow.
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What roads we cover
- Primary salting routes map (PDF)
- Secondary salting routes map (PDF)
- Footpaths salting route around urban Bedford map (PDF)
A gritting network of roads has been created so that roads with a lot of traffic and which have the highest risk of accidents are treated.
All A and B roads are salted along with other important local roads.
In prolonged snow and ice, more roads may be treated, but only when the normal salting network shown on the map is clear of ice and snow.
Knowing when to grit
We use a computer system that collects weather and road information at different sites across the Borough. It also tells us if any grit is left on the road from previous salting.
Clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself
The Department for Transport (Dft) has produced a 'snow code' that gives information on clearing snow and ice from the paths outside your home.
Pedestrians and drivers have a responsibility to be careful in these weather conditions.
Advice for drivers
More gritting information
If you have any questions, please telephone the Highway Helpdesk on 01234 718003.
We do not look after trunk roads (the A1, the A421 and the A428 (from the A1 to the Borough boundary) nor motorways.