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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.

Snow clearance

Find information about road and footpath clearance during heavy snow.

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When are snowploughs sent out?

The decision on where to send snowploughs during heavy snow is made by our highways team. Priority will be given to the main routes first and not all roads will be cleared. 

Footpath clearance

During severe winter weather and following a heavy snowfall, we do our best to clear footpaths in busy pedestrian areas. Paths are cleared during normal working hours with some parish and town councils also providing help.

Which paths are cleared first?

Priority is given to:

  • paths in town centres and busy shopping areas
  • emergency service depots, hospitals, health centres and doctors surgeries
  • aged persons' housing, care homes and areas with vulnerable people
  • libraries and other public buildings

Clearing footpaths yourself

The Met Office's Snow Code gives advice on clearing paths and public spaces safely.

Winter gritting routes

Find information on what roads are identified as gritting routes.

Today's gritting plans

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

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