Winter service

Our winter service is prepared to grit major roads where there is a risk of ice, along with clearing snow on these routes. We do this to keep key routes safe and minimise delays as much as possible during the winter months.269CEH_InfographicWinterGrittingv2

Gritting routes

We treat 1200km of Cheshire East’s highway network each time we carry out precautionary salting between October and April, through our gritting routes.

We grit on a precautionary basis prior to the formation of ice to prevent its formation on the road.

We treat pavements only when snow or ice is present and is likely to persist, and as resources are available. Priority is given to pavements that carry the greatest number of pedestrians (such as shopping areas and outside hospitals or schools) and pavements of gradients steeper than 10%.

Gritting actions

For our latest gritting updates for Cheshire East follow @CEC Highways or track our gritting fleet.

Be prepared and keep up to date with the latest Met Office weather forecast.

Salt bins

Salt bins allow communities to treat areas of the highway network that are not on gritting routes but may still be at risk of ice.

If your road is not located on a gritting route, find your nearest salt bin.

Winter service information

Our leaflet - travelling on our roads in winter (PDF, 2MB) provides further information on:

Winter driving

It is important to prepare your car for the winter weather and be aware of the change in road conditions. Cold weather can cause problems with your vehicle, so it's good to make some simple checks before driving. The following tips from ROSPA may help you cope better with the various seasonal weather hazards.

Snow events

To ensure that our winter service is as resilient as possible, local communities sometimes support our response to snow events. During these severe conditions, local supply chain partners and farmers help to clear snow from our gritting routes.

Report it

If the information on this page does not help, use our Report It tool to contact us about our Winter Service.

Adverse weather

Our Adverse Weather Plan outlines our arrangements for dealing with ice, snow and other emergencies on the highway arising from adverse weather conditions. 

Document accessibility

Contact us

Report a problem online

If you consider a highways issue to be dangerous, or an emergency, please call us on:

0300 123 5020
(8:30am – 5:00pm)

0300 123 5025
(after 5pm and before 8:30am, including weekends)

Floor 6
Delamere House

Delamere Street Crewe

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