gritter driving out of depot

West Sussex County Council's Highways Department has confirmed that its gritting routes remain unchanged from 2019/20. This means the school bus route will be included in their gritting schedule. The gritting routes can be found here.

Highways have confirmed that they are ready for winter. Operational staff have been busy preparing and calibrating the fleet of 20 vehicles (19 operational and 1 spare) used for gritting in preparation for any ice or snow over the coming months.

They have 8,000 tonnes of grit (salt) in storage, ready to be spread across West Sussex, following the council’s winter service policy. They monitor road temperatures carefully and when icy roads are likely, they send the gritters out to treat carriageways as a precaution. Out of a network of approximately 4,000 km, they grit 1,690 km of road, this is their Winter Service Network (approx 42%).

In the event of snow, Highways prioritise the ‘Resilient Network’ which are the main roads needed to keep the county moving. The winter season for gritting runs from 1st October and finishes on 30th April. Between these dates, gritters were mobilised 39 times last year, spreading a total of 3900 tonnes of grit.

The last couple of winters have been particularly mild, falling below the rolling average of 45 outings per season. This is compared to 2017/18 when 65 outings were undertaken in response to 'The Beast From the East'.

Parishes, Town Councils, District and Boroughs and community groups play a key role in local gritting and supporting local community resilience. WSCC have over 800 salt bins across the county. They are currently topping up more than 100 salt bins and delivering 1 tonne Hippo bags of salt to help with this effort.

Plaistow and Ifold Parish Council have nine (9) salt bins throughout the Parish area and is currently updating its Winter Plan. If you live close to a salt bin and would like to volunteer to be formally called upon to spread the salt, if the weather gets particularly bad, please contact the Clerk.

More information on WSCC's winter gritting and snow clearing is available on their website. In the event of severe weather, they will keep people updated on any road closures via their page and Twitter. WSCC publish their decisions about treatment of the network on Twitter @WSHighways and have made a video of last year's service operations which is available on YouTube.

Notice Date: 14/10/2020