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Highway Maintenance

Winter Maintenance Policy

1. Relevant Legislation

1.1 It is the County Council’s duty to meet the requirements of the Highways Act 1980, Section 150 41(1)(A) which places a duty on the authority to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that safe passage along a highway is not endangered by snow or ice.

2. Policy

2.1 The County Council will manage its Winter Service in accordance with its ‘Winter Maintenance and Severe Weather Emergency Response Plan, which is reviewed annually.

2.2 The objective of the County Council is to initiate and manage established procedures for dealing with weather emergencies, enabling as far as reasonably possible, the safe movement of highway users throughout the County.

2.3 It is the County Council’s policy, as far as reasonably practicable, to attempt to maintain bare road surfaces at all times, as far as the resources available for undertaking this work permit.

2.4 At times of predicted low temperatures, salt will be spread to help prevent frost or ice forming on main thoroughfares. When snow falls and accumulates on highway surfaces, ploughs and other appropriate plant will be used to remove snow and salt and/or grit will be spread to help melt the snow and to prevent ice forming.

2.5 As the total highway network cannot be treated simultaneously within the resources available to the County Council, priorities have been established to determine treatment levels.

3. Priorities for Winter Maintenance treatment

3.1 All public highways within the County shall be allocated to one of four groupings depending upon the level of traffic carried and the strategic importance of the highway to the road network and the community.

3.2 Priority Treatment Categories

3.3 Network Hierarchy Treatment Categories

Priority One


Priority Two


Priority Three


Community Routes


Version No:   1.1

Effective from:   14/10/2010

If copied or printed, this document should be treated as uncontrolled and correct only at the date it was copied or printed.


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