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Winter maintenance

We aim to keep all roads, footways and pedestrian areas across Sunderland clear during the winter months. You can also help yourself and others when severe weather conditions take a grip by being prepared and having a supply of rock salt and a snow spade ready.

Keeping all roads, footpaths and pedestrian areas clear of snow and ice would be an impossible task so we treat them on a strict priority basis. The pre-determined gritting routes in Sunderland cover the main roads and bus routes across the city, as well as ensuring access for emergency vehicles.

  • Priority 1 routes are roads which get very high levels of traffic and are primary bus routes, for example Chester Road and the A1231 Washington to Sunderland highway.
  • Priority 2 routes are treated after priority 1 is dealt with. These are other main roads and bus routes.
  • Residential roads and paths are unlikely to be treated, since all effort will be concentrated on the priority 1 and 2 routes.  Whenever possible we will treat footpaths around shopping centres, bus stops, footbridges or areas where there is a large number of older people, again in order of priority.

The A19, A1 and A1(M) are dealt with by Highways England. For information on their winter gritting programme call their information line on 0300 123 5000 or visit their website.

For full information on winter maintenance, please see our Winter Service Plan. Information about gritting can be found in our Winter Grit Bin Policy and in the below links:

Priority gritting routes map

Gritting routes maps (pdf documents)

Location of grit bins

Request a winter maintenance service

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