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Winter Gritting in Cumbria

Message from Cumbria Highways:

treat routes 12.00 to 08.001200 ISSUE: DRY AND COLD. A dry and fairly sunny afternoon in light to moderate north to north-westerly winds. Remaining dry this evening and overnight with mainly clear skies at first. High level cloud moving in from the north-west in the second half of the night will arrest the fall of RSTs to some degree, but RSTs still well below zero. Very low dew points with only a slight hoar frost at worst, and icy patches largely restricted to seepage areas and areas of snow melt, especially higher routes. Monday will be dry with light winds. Quite a lot of high level cloud moving through, some bright or sunny breaks. RSTs slow to rise in places. Monday evening is set to remain dry but quite cloudy, and remaining cold with light winds.

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.

Proposed action for 01 February 2015

Name of route
Action proposed
Penrith (part), Greystoke, Dockray, Ullswater, Kirkstone Pass, Stainton and Yanwath
Salt/Patrol
Penrith (part), Lazonby, Langwathby, Melmerby, Culgaith, Dufton, Long Marton, Bolton and Cliburn
Salt/Patrol
Penrith Town
Salt/Patrol
Barrow
Salt/Patrol
Appleby Town and Colby
Salt/Patrol
Faugh, Brampton and Gilsland
Salt/Patrol
Appleby (part), Kirkby Stephen, Brough, Tebay, Orton, Hoff and Soulby
Salt/Patrol
Underbarrow, Crossthwaite, Crook and Burneside
Salt/Patrol
Alston Moor including Hartside
Salt/Patrol
Alston (north), A689, A686 and B6294
Salt/Patrol
Wetheral (part), Scotby, Cotehill
Salt/Patrol
Irthington, Hethersgill and Penton
Salt/Patrol
Wigton, Caldbeck, Boltongate, Kirkbride and Anthorn
Salt/Patrol
Seascale and Millom
Salt/Patrol
Sedbergh (part) and Dent
Salt/Patrol
Sedbergh (part), Kirkby Stephen and Garsdale
Salt/Patrol
Grasmere, Langdale, Sawrey, Grizedale, Blawith and Grizebeck
Salt/Patrol
Carlisle (part), Dalston, Scaleby, Moorhouse and Bowness on Solway
Salt/Patrol
Carlisle (part), Rockcliffe, Gretna, Goose Green, Ivegill, Hutton in the Forest and High Hesket
Salt/Patrol
Grange over Sands, Cartmel, Allithwaite, Askam in Furness, Bardsea and Barrow (part)
Salt/Patrol
Whitehaven (part), St Bees, Cleator Moor to Cockermouth
Salt/Patrol
Kirkby Lonsdale, Burton in Kendal, Endmoor and Plumgarths
Salt/Patrol
Dalton in Furness
Salt/Patrol
Coniston and Dunnerdale
Salt/Patrol
Ulverston
Salt/Patrol
Connect Roads including CNDR incl parts of A594, A595, A596, A6071, A689 and A7
Salt/Patrol
Cockermouth (part), Great Broughton, Allonby, Silloth, Abbeytown and Aspatria (part)
Salt/Patrol
Workington and Whitehaven (part)
Salt/Patrol
Kendal (part), A6 to Shap, Orton, Tebay, Grayrigg, Sedbergh (part) to Kirkby Lonsdale
Salt/Patrol
Kendal (part), Milnthorpe, Arnside
Salt/Patrol
Kendal (part) and Windermere
Salt/Patrol
Keswick, Borrowdale, Lorton, Threlkeld and Dunmail Raise to Grasmere
Salt/Patrol
Ambleside, Windermere (part), Hawkshead, Newby Bridge and Staveley
Salt/Patrol
Shap, Morland, Bampton, Askham, Crosby Ravensworth, Great Strickland and Kings Meaburn
Salt/Patrol

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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