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Winter Gritting in Cumbria

Message from Cumbria Highways:

RSTs ABOVE ZERO. Fine this afternoon with lengthy spells of sunshine. It will then remain dry through the evening and first part of the night but with strengthening southerly winds. After midnight, it will turn fairly cloudy with the odd spot of drizzle perhaps developing. RSTs staying well above zero.

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)

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