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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Winter gritting routes


Find information about our winter roads service including the roads in County Durham which are identified as gritting routes.

Follow us on Twitter #twittergritterNE to keep up to date with our winter roads service.

Our road gritting service

Pre-salting (gritting) is the laying of rock salt before frosty conditions. It stops ice forming on the road surface. Our road network is split into priority 1 and priority 2 routes.

  • Priority 1 routes: These routes typically include all of the A roads and the majority of the B roads, most bus routes and other busy areas. 
  • Priority 2 routes: In times of prolonged severe weather we will also treat some minor and C roads, as resources become available.

The A1, A19 and A66 roads are managed by Highways England. 

Icon for pdf Winter gritting video transcript (PDF, 117.9kb)

Today's gritting plans

Find out about today's gritting plans - which roads we plan to grit and/or which roads we have gritted.

How are decisions made?

The decision to pre-salt (grit) the road network is based on forecasts for:

  • winter weather
  • road surface temperature
  • dampness of the road surface
  • air temperature and humidity

Snow clearance

Find information about road and footpath clearance during heavy snow.

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Customer Services
03000 26 0000
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