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Winter Maintenance Changes 2018

Ends: 18 Jun 2018

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Consultation on reduction in winter maintenance budget



The Council Savings Programme (CSP) is our response to national austerity measures and the sharp fall in the amount of grant funding received from central government. From 2011 – 2017 the Council has already saved £63.6million, mainly through efficiency measures and we have identified a further £10.5m per annum of future savings to take place between 2018 - 2020. All areas of the council have been given outline savings targets on this journey towards 2020. Our Winter Highway Maintenance service has been identified as an area which could contribute towards these savings.


Winter Highway Service on our road and footpath network is essential for public safety and keeps the network accessible and thus supports the economy. The Winter Service itself involves treating the highway by:

  1. Precautionary salting to reduce the risk of ice forming.
  2. Post salting to melt ice and snow that has already formed.
  3. Snow removal.


This consultation is regarding changes to precautionary salting of routes.

We carry out the above with a fleet of 11 gritters. We don’t have the resource to treat all of our 1537km of highway, so we treat a percentage the network in line with a hierarchy which places higher importance on busier roads, bus routes, links to key towns and villages, and routes to hospitals schools. This results in approximately 538km being treated during standard precautionary salting. These routes are our Primary Routes.

Our network hierarchy starts at 1 for most important (motorway) and 12  for least important (disused track). Our treated routes are generally grouped within the banding 2-6.

In addition to Primary Routes we also have Secondary Routes. These are the next level of prioritised routes on the network that will only be gritted in times of a forecasted substantial increase of risk for example snow, freezing rain and when resources allow us to treat. We have 67km of secondary network and these are done using the same gritters as the Primary Routes


Key points of the proposal

 The Council proposes to reduce the number gritters being used to make savings in financial terms (£100,000). The only option to achieve the full saving is to reduce the fleet by two gritters, and to reduce the amount time spent by drivers treating the highway network. This means removing approximately 30km of roads from the precautionary salted network. All of the 30km are from hierarchy 6 grouping.

Once formally agreed, changes will be implemented in time for winter 2018/19.


How did we come up with this proposal?

Firstly, we carried out an exercise to make sure our current routes were as efficient and effective as possible. We found that we could be more efficient in treating the routes we already salted but this efficiency could only realise half of our saving target. It was therefore necessary to remove routes to make the full savings.

Next, we looked at our network hierarchy to make sure that any routes we proposed to remove were the least important overall amongst our treated network. We worked from a ‘bottom up’ approach so only looked at removing roads from the hierarchy 6 band and those with least bus usage and without being a being a direct route to a school or important establishment without an alternative route.


The list of roads to be removed are shown below and on a map which can be downloaded here or viewed in libraries and one stop shops


































Useful questions and answers

What percentage of the roads get gritted at present?

We salt about 34% of our roads, so 66% of the network currently doesn’t get salted when ice is forecast. When we have snow, the percentage treated can reduce as we concentrate on the more strategic routes like the A4174, A403, A38.

If a route is removed will it get grit bins or be added to the secondary routes?

We will look carefully at both criteria and decide on the most appropriate action. Some routes could be added to secondary routes with minimal impact to the routes taken by gritters, others will be impractical, so we may decide to place grit bins out


How do we decide what to do next?

We are interested in hearing from all residents in South Gloucestershire, and in particular young people, older people and disabled people, as these are the groups most likely to be affected by the proposed changes. The feedback we receive will help us make a final decision on routes to be treated.

The consultation is open from 11th April 2018 and closes at midnight on 18th June 2018. Please ensure your response reaches us by this date.


How to find out more:

  • Download the Initial Equalities Impact Assessment to see how the potential changes could affect different groups
  • View and download map of the roads in South Gloucestershire which will be affected; coloured on the map is the primary salting network (red) and those routes which are proposed to be removed from the primary network  and added to the secondary network (blue).
  • Request to view a hard copy of the map at libraries
  • Download and view or print this information as a PDF consultation document
  • Download a list and examples of the road hierarchy
  • Attend a drop-in session to speak to members of the StreetCare team - we will be available at the following locations to answer your questions and listen your thoughts and views on the proposal
    • Kingswood: Committee Room 1, Kingswood Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR. From 18:00 to 20:00 on Monday  23rd April
    • Marshfield: Large Hall, Marshfield Community Centre, Hayfield, Marshfield, Chippenham SN14 8PG. From 10:00 to 12:00 on Wednesday 25th April
    • Yate: Meeting room,Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, Broad Lane, Yate, Bristol, BS37 7LB, from 15:00 to 17:00 Wednesday 2nd May

How to have your say:

  • Complete our online survey
  • A paper copy of the survey can be downloaded, printed and returned by freepost to the address below - no stamp needed
  • Attend one of drop-in sessions listed above
  • Telephone: 01454868154
  • Email:
  • Write to: Freepost, RTXL-YJXJ-BXEX South Gloucestershire Council, Corporate Research & Consultation Team, Council offices, Badminton Road, Yate, BRISTOL, BS37 5AF

Consultation Documents

Consultation Summary

Consultation Summary
Name Winter Maintenance Changes 2018
Description Have your say on proposed changes to which roads are gritted during icy weather
Dates From 10 Apr 2018 at 17:00 to 18 Jun 2018 at 23:59.
Status Open
Consultation Topic Local highways and transportation projects
Geographical area Almondsbury, Bitton, Boyd Valley, Bradley Stoke Central and Stoke Lodge, Bradley Stoke North, Bradley Stoke South, Charfield, Chipping Sodbury, Cotswold Edge, Dodington, Downend, Emersons Green, Filton, Frampton Cotterell, Frenchay and Stoke Park, Hanham, Kings Chase, Ladden Brook, Longwell Green, Oldland Common, Parkwall, Patchway, Pilning and Severn Beach, Rodway, Severn, Siston, Staple Hill, Stoke Gifford, Thornbury North, Thornbury South and Alveston, Westerleigh, Winterbourne, Woodstock, Yate Central, Yate North
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Target Audience
Contact Details

Dayana Eastwood

Senior Corporate Consultation Officer

South Gloucestershire Council

01454 868154

Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, South Gloucestershire