Access Keys:

Message from Cumbria Highways:

Headline RSTs ABOVE ZERO Confidence HIGH General Synopsis Cloudy and increasingly windy this afternoon with outbreaks of rain moving in. The rain will turn heavy overnight with winds strengthening further, gusting over 50mph on high ground. Towards the end of the night the rain will ease with some clear spells developing. Turning chillier, but RSTs will stay above zero. The odd shower on Wednesday morning, perhaps wintry over high ground.

When road frost or icy conditions are forecast we will grit:

First priority roads within three hours of work getting underway and second priority roads within five hours. Wherever possible these roads will be gritted by 8am

The first map link below (usually available after 2pm) indicates the routes to be patrolled/salted today. The other links show maps of priority 1 and 2 routes and roads maintained by the Highways Agency.

You can also download the large-scale gritting map here (4.5Mb Jpeg)

Download links for map routes: Priority 1 routes | Priority 2 routes | Highways Agency routes | All routes

  • Map Key:
  • First priority roads - gritted within 3 hours
  • Second priority roads - gritted within 5 hours
  • Trunk roads and M6 motorway - Cumbria Highways is not responsible for trunk roads or the M6 motorway. Please contact the Highways Agency on 0300 123 5000.

It is not usual for us to grit other roads. However, during heavy snow, once priority roads are clear, we will also try to clear at least one access road to each community.

The following priority 2 roads are usually only gritted during daylight hours due to safety issues.

  • A592 - from Brotherswater to Troutbeck (Kirkstone Pass)
  • A686 - from Melmerby to Alston (Hartside Pass)

You can also subscribe to our RSS Feed to receive gritting updates from Cumbria County Council.