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Gritting and travel this winter

Get information about gritting, flooding and find travel updates when travelling this winter.

The county council's new gritter needs a name

When winter weather hits, we work with our snow wardens and farmers to keep the roads moving and council services up and running. 



You can tell us about problems or defects on our roads or pavements, or empty or damaged grit bins in the county, using our online report it form on our report a road problem page.

When the temperatures start to fall we work 24/7 to monitor the roads and our 23 gritters are sent out day and night when conditions dictate.

Although public finances are stretched, we're committed to gritting our key routes - that's around 1,300 miles of roads - to help keep the county moving.

Check out our interactive gritting map showing our first priority and second priority road gritting routes.

You can also search by road, postcode and priority level.

Leicester City Council is responsible for roads within the city.   

Motorways and trunk roads are gritted by National Highways.


Routes are not plotted with reference to gritted roads. It is your responsibility to check whether the displayed route is gritted or not.

The Resilient Network

Roads in the county which are considered essential for economic activity and key services form part of the Resilient Network.

These are roads which the county council gives priority to protecting in certain conditions.

They comprise of diversion routes for motorways and dual carriageways or are key access roads to important infrastructure, such as hospitals, food distribution centres, power suppliers and water treatment or pumping stations.

This priority is, usually, a result of extreme weather such as snow, ice and flooding, and other environmental hazards. However, it can also include events such as industrial action and major incidents.

The key aim is to ensure that access is maintained on the Resilient Network for traffic at all times, wherever reasonably practicable.

See more information about the resilient network

Be prepared for flooding


Find out how to be prepared for and report a flood - different agencies deal with floods, depending on the cause.

Get travel updates

Real-time travel updates: can be found on the AA traffic news website or by following Area Traffic Control @ATCLeicester 

Gritting updates: are available @LeicsCountyHall 

Information about weather warnings: are updated on The Met Office website

Local travel bulletins can be found on the following radio stations:

Information and advice on travel can be found on the Choose How You Move website, Twitter and Facebook, and a winter checklist on what to keep in your car is on the AA website.

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