Road gritting, salt heaps and bins

See when roads are gritted, view gritting routes and details of salt heaps and bins.

Between 1 October and 30 April we keep North Yorkshire's roads moving during periods of extreme weather.

Motorways and trunk roads such as the A1, A1(M), A66, A66(M), A64, A168 (Dishforth to Thirsk) and A19 (Thirsk to Crathorne) are the responsibility of Highways England.

When we will grit the roads

You can type your location into the map, or tap the search icon, to see the roads we grit in your area. Touch screen users can zoom the map by pinching, or move around using two fingers.


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We grit our roads in the order below, as resources allow, based on traffic flows and the best use of our gritters.

Priority   Type of road Gritted by
purple.png 1   Connect or pass through towns and major centres of population. 7am
green.png 2   Provide access to local communities. 10am
Unmarked   Housing estates and country lanes. Not gritted, unless conditions last over 72 hours and resources allow

Most scheduled buses and three quarters of school buses run on gritted routes. We are unable to grit all our roads due to the time and cost involved.

We update Twitter with our planned gritting activity and you can follow us @northyorkscc or search for the hashtag #nygrit.

Live weather cameras

We have a number of weather stations across the county which monitor humidity, road temperature, air temperature and wind speed.

View our roadside cameras

Further information

We use the latest weather forecasting technology, which includes ice prediction weather stations, a 24-hour weather forecast and road temperature sensor data.

It is unlikely that any additional roads will be added to our current routes. If you have an exceptional case for amending a route, you can contact us. Any submission would benefit from having the support of your parish or town council and local county councillor.

We provide salt heaps and bins for use on roads and footways in severe weather, but not for use on private property. You can view where our salt heaps and bins are on our online maps. They are placed based on our policy criteria, which include road gradient, severity of bends, usage, and whether or not the road is already gritted. Parish councils can acquire and maintain additional bins at their expense, at a cost of £50 for a bin and an annual £75 charge for up to two refills.

They are replenished by 1 November and a second refill may be carried out mid-season or after significant snowfall.

We may remove bins where salt is being used indiscriminately or on private property. You can buy rock salt from most DIY or garden centres.

  • We have an annual gritting budget of £6 million and one of England's largest road networks to look after, second only to the Highways England.
  • We have 89 gritters, 130 farming contractors and several snowblowers.
  • We have 55,000 tonnes of salt stored in our barns and there are 10,000 salt heaps and bins around the county.
  • Our gritting network covers 4,400km or 54% of the county's roads and in a typical year our gritters make 6,662 runs.
  • Our gritter crews are on call 24 hours a day and typically start gritting at 5am.

Why haven't you gritted our roads? They are slippery or have snow on them ...

Gritting does not always guarantee an ice-free road surface and salt is less effective the colder it gets. Rain and surface water run-off can also reduce the effectiveness of our gritting actions. 

Traffic needs to flow over a gritted road in order to grind the salt and activate it. Salt alone does not melt snow and ice. 

When we grit a road, subsequent snow fall can lay on top of the road surface covering the salt and making it appear that we haven't gritted. Only the cumulative action of traffic grinding the salt into the snow will turn it to slush and clear it. 

Sometimes it might be below freezing, but we may not grit if there isn't enough moisture in the air to form ice.

Why are you gritting when it's not freezing outside?

Sometimes we grit when the air temperature is above zero if the road surface is colder than the air temperature.

Advice on driving safely in winter is available on our Safe winter driving page.