We're ready and prepared for winter, say council

We’re encouraging people to keep up-to-date with the latest information on gritting and travel, staying well and preparing for flooding

Councillor Ozzy O'Shea with some of the vehicles ready to be used to keep Leicestershire moving this winter

The county council is ready and prepared for wintry weather, with gritters on hand to keep the roads of Leicestershire moving.

The first delivery of grit has arrived and highways' teams will continue to receive regular deliveries  with the council's stockpile expected to reach around 16,500 tonnes this winter, with 23 gritters ready to hit the road.

Nearly half of the county’s roads are gritted in response to roads being covered by ice, snow or frost. That’s around 1300 miles of highway.

The council’s winter preparedness is also supported by snow wardens in local communities, who assist with clearing paths in their area.



Our teams run a round-the-clock service every winter, and, as with previous years, we’re continuing to keep an eye on temperatures. We'll be ready to spread more than 120 tonnes of salt per night. With the priorities being our key routes and roads, we’ll make sure Leicestershire stays moving


The council is also putting plenty of focus this year on flood preparation, with heavy rainfall already landing across the county over the past few days.

The onset of winter also comes at a time when people across Leicestershire are feeling the impact of spiralling costs so advice and support is available too, including how to make your home warm and energy-efficient.

We’re encouraging people to keep up-to-date with the latest information on gritting and travel, including our interactive gritting map, staying well and preparing for flooding by visiting www.leicestershire.gov.uk/winter

You can also stay updated on Leicestershire County Council’s winter plans by following the council’s Facebook Page or following our Twitter account at @LeicsCountyHall

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