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Winter maintenance

Winter service is an important part of Transport for Buckinghamshire's (TfB) maintenance work. It involves:

  • salting major roads when there is a risk of ice
  • clearing snow
  • reacting to other weather related emergencies.

Gritting Routes

Precautionary Routes

These are the most important routes to keep everyone moving. The routes consist of 1405km of the county's A and B road network, about 44% of the total network. Which is a lot more than other local authorities grit. We will also treat secondary routes and Snow Routes which is the reduced network we revert to in times of very severe weather.

Snow Routes

When heavy snow comes, we may move to a 24hr and focus on the County's most strategic routes (around 22% of the overall network). This will continue as long as it snows (normally around 3 days) during which time only some A and B roads will be gritted. 

Once the snow has cleared, we go back to the precautionary routes as soon as possible.

Snow Routes

Secondary Routes

These may be gritted before a heavy snow or if the snow carries on for a long time. The are done after the primary routes have been cleared and treated.

They include the following highway network:

Classified roads which are not included in the primary salting network

Unclassified roads serving communities of 200 dwellings or more and unclassified roads with a gradient of 10% or less

We may also salt cycle ways and footways in main shopping areas and other key pedestrian and cycle facilities. The secondary salting network will be treated after the formation of ice or fall of snow in accordance with the Operational Plan.

Our fleet of vehicles can be tracked on the map below. Some of the vehicles are used on other duties during the day so they may be active on the map below. 

Track our gritters

Weather warnings from the Met Office

Weather warnings generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Did you know?

  • Precautionary salting covers around 1405km of road
  • We have over 1,000 salt bins across Buckinghamshire
  • A typical grit run uses 65 tonnes of salt (pre-wet mix) or 85 tonnes if used dry
  • We have 25 gritting vehicles across the County
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