North East Lincolnshire Council

Winter service

When severe weather disrupts our services we update the information on this page, which covers everything from school closures, gritting routes and helpline numbers. Live updates will be made to our news pages, Twitter feed and Facebook pages.

Alternatively, you can:

  • Tune to local radio stations such as BBC Radio Humberside (95.9FM, 1485AM and DAB), Compass FM (96.4FM) and Lincs FM (102.2FM)
  • Call our contact centre on 01472 326300
  • Contact your Councillor or keep checking the local media for updates.

You can also do your bit by sharing information with friends, family and neighbours.

Weather updates

For the latest weather forecast visit the Met Office website.

Public transport

Traveline is a partnership of transport operators and local authorities formed to provide impartial and comprehensive information about public transport services. You can contact them by visiting the Traveline website, or calling them on 0871 200 22 33.

Bins and recycling

Information on any service disruption can be found on the Bins, waste and recycling pages.

School closures

Schools and academies generally have their own methods of letting parents and children know when their school is closed. Where possible we will try to update you on any school closures using the news pages.

Winter driving tips

For tips on driving in winter conditions visit the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website. You can also visit the THINK! website for further road safety advice.

Winter service information

Gritting routes – Priority categories

Category 1 and 2 – Main Routes: these are the defined primary routes, principal roads, important bus and commuter routes and roads and junctions leading to hospitals, ambulance stations, fire stations, main highway depots, major industrial sites and highways serving shopping centres.

Category 3 – Secondary Routes: these are routes where drivers may experience loss of control due to winter weather that may lead to more serious problems such as routes on steep hills, alongside rivers or deep drainage ditches and main access roads within residential areas.

Category 4 – Other roads: these are prioritised to focus on main urban areas (Grimsby, Cleethorpes and Immingham), villages, and then other rural roads.

Category 5 – Footways and cycle ways on the adopted highway network: these are prioritised to focus on the important links in town and local centres and at interchanges such as bus and rail stations, then other important links and those where steep gradients may cause problems. Cycle lanes that run along roads will get treated as part of that road in order of priority as set out above. Away from the main roads, cycle tracks will be treated as necessary, within the limits of resources available during the event.

Footways generally benefit from some ‘overspray’ when the roads are salted and this helps to reduce the risks of ice and can help to stop snow settling. Away from roads, footways will be treated as necessary, within the limits of resources available during the event, with a focus on areas of high pedestrian usage and/or where risks are highest.

The council is not responsible for:

  • Motorways (there are none in North East Lincolnshire)
  • Trunk roads (in North East Lincolnshire this means the A180 and associated slip roads, between the Brocklesby (A160) interchange up to and including Pyewipe Roundabout (Estate Road 1& 2 junction)
  • Private properties
  • Some cycle tracks and footways which are not part of the public highway network

You can download our gritting route maps in the related documents section.

We check information received from specialist weather forecast providers and site specific data transmitted from weather stations across the borough.

On average, forecasts are 87 per cent accurate so there may be occasions when a road frost occurs that wasn’t forecast or when gritting takes place and frost doesn’t arise. Decisions to salt roads are based on a number of factors, including road temperature, air temperature and the amount of moisture in the air.

Treatment is normally carried out after the evening rush hour or before the morning peak to avoid gritters being held up in traffic and to ensure that the salt is on the road when they are most likely to freeze.

Salt works by reducing the freezing point of water. Traffic then moves the salt around on the road so it mixes with the water and this also helps to melt ice that has already formed. On more lightly trafficked roads the surface is more likely to remain icy for some time after salting. It takes time for the salt to become effective after roads are salted. Below -8 Degree Centigrade salt becomes less effective and will not prevent water from freezing on roads.

On average the council uses approximately 2,000 tonnes of salt during the winter season.

Total maintained network length = 618km (384 miles), 255 km (159 miles) (41.3%) of which is gritted.

We will be working closely with the parish councils and putting arrangements in place with subcontractors and farmers to assist in snow clearance operations when conditions arise.

The council has five gritters with snow plough attachments. Nine mini snow ploughs and trail gritter equipment. These can be attached to mini tractors to be used in pedestrian areas and car parks.

Yes – where it is safe to do so, residents are encouraged to clear their own footpaths and areas outside their properties. However, the council asks that snow and ice should not be piled up on public footpaths or roads causing an obstruction to other road or pavement users. Don’t forget pedestrians need access as well as vehicles.

In extreme conditions consideration will be given to making small quantities of salt/grit available to the public at strategic locations throughout the borough. Salt has the potential to pollute water courses and cause damage to verges, hedgerows and trees, therefore, it is important that any salt/grit heaps are controlled and managed to minimise contamination of the environment.

The salt must not be used to grit private paths and driveways. It is only for use on public areas to benefit the whole community. Many residents have shown great community spirit in previous years, especially in their support and commitment to many vulnerable people in their communities, the council looks forward to this support continuing this year.