Winter maintenance


We are responsible for the maintenance of public highways in the area, which includes a winter maintenance service.

Peterborough City Council stores 3,500 tonnes of salt at its contractor's depot at the beginning of the season and replenishes stocks as the season progresses.

The council cannot undertake to supply private individuals with salt. Local builder’s merchants and other suppliers usually sell rock salt for private use.

Gritting usually takes place late at night or very early in the morning and is timed to ensure the whole network is treated before road surface temperatures fall below zero. As a rule, the latest treatments of the precautionary network to ensure full coverage before rush hour is 4am. This would mean drivers would have been in the depot preparing their vehicle and loading from 3am.

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Grit bins

There are currently over 100 grit bins around the greater city area, located predominantly in areas that are not on or near the gritting routes. These are restocked at regular intervals during the winter season, however if a grit bin needs to be re-stocked, please let us know by contacting customer services.

As grit bins are subject to vandalism and misuse they are only provided if there is a genuine need. Requests for the provision of grit bins at new locations are assessed against various criteria and only provided if full justification can be shown.

Gritting trunk roads

Trunk roads are not the responsibility of the City Council. These roads are the A47 (east of Wansford and including Soke Parkway), the A1 and A1M. They are treated by other contractors working for National Highways.

Gritting footpaths

The council salts footways in the main shopping area and routes to city centre car parks where there are higher volumes of pedestrians. With well over a thousand kilometres of footways in Peterborough salting every single one is simply not feasible – the council's efforts have to be concentrated on areas that will benefit the most people.

Gritting car parks

All car parks operated by the council are gritted, which includes the gritting of footways and routes that lead up to them, to provide safe access to the city centre for workers and shoppers.

How to request additional gritting action

The schedule of treated roads has been developed over a number of years and is reviewed annually. Whilst it is unlikely that any additional roads will be added to our schedules if you feel that you have an exceptional case then you should contact your Ward or Parish Councillor. Any requests for additional roads will be considered during the end of season review: No routes can be added to the schedule during the current winter season.

More information

The weather is checked every day between 1 October and 30 April, to determine whether gritting is required. Gritted routes are shown are available to view online.

Meteogroup Ltd, a specialist winter weather forecast service, advises of the possibility of freezing road surface temperatures or snow and gives an approximate time when these conditions may arise. This information enables us to decide whether gritting is necessary. 

The Met Office has some useful information on how to stay safe on the roads in winter.