We’re ready for winter, whatever the weather.
From now until the end of March. our gritting crews will be on standby, around the clock, ready to treat the 321 miles of roads that are on our main gritting routes.
Our winter plan sets out our responsibilities for gritting and snow clearing.
Where we grit
We grit the borough’s primary routes first; these include A and B roads, those linking towns and villages, and bus routes.
You can check primary gritting routes and the location of grit bins by clicking on the map below.
In really bad weather, once we’ve gritted all primary routes, we’ll move on to secondary routes like main roads in housing estates and other important urban and rural routes.
When these have been treated, we’ll carry out additional gritting if the weather’s extreme.
We also grit footpaths in areas like the town centre and shopping precincts, and those outside doctors’ surgeries, hospitals and schools. Please see our snow plan for details.
We only provide grit bins in locations that we don’t grit; we don’t provide them on request.
We do, however, provide grit to people involved in the ‘good neighbour’ scheme, who volunteer to clear snow and grit the streets and minor roads in their area. (see how to get involved below)
There are 450 grit bins across the borough, which we fill once in mid-November. Used correctly, this should be enough grit to last the entire winter period.
We’re not responsible for gritting areas we don’t own, or for filling private grit bins, for example those outside bus/train stations and supermarkets, or those owned by Berneslai Homes. This is the responsibility of the owner.
Where there are grit bins on new estates, where we’ve not adopted the road, the housing developer is responsible for filling and maintaining them.
How to use the grit
The grit we provide should be used to treat the pavements and roads in your area that we don’t grit. You shouldn’t use it on your own property.
When using the grit, you only need one tablespoon of grit to cover 1 sq metre of ground. Try to spread grit before snow falls as it needs to be activated by pedestrians walking on it or traffic driving over it for it to work properly.
Be a good neighbour
We run a good neighbour scheme, where we recruit residents who are willing to help clear snow from pavements, streets and minor roads in areas that we don’t usually grit, to make sure people can still get out and about during severe weather.
If you volunteer for the scheme, we’ll expect you to work with your neighbours to clear snow and spread grit on the pavements, streets and minor roads in your area.
To join the scheme, all we ask is that you’re fit and healthy, as the work can be physically demanding, and that you wear a high visibility ‘community snow clearing volunteer’ tabard (we’ll provide), appropriate footwear and warm clothing.
All you need to do to become a good neighbour for snow clearing is:
- read the safer snow clearing volunteer induction information
- read the personal safety guidance for volunteers information
- download, complete and return our application form, which includes confirmation that you’re fit to take part in the scheme
Once we’ve received and approved your form, we’ll assess the needs of the area affected and provide you with all the necessary equipment and a supply of grit to the site.
Get ready for winter
There are steps you can take to support your community in severe weather. The Met Office has produced a series of helpful guides for you to download as part of their Get Ready for Winter campaign.
Plan your journey
To help you travel across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield this winter, we’ve teamed up with other councils to bring you a regional social media initiative #sygrit. If you use Twitter, you can access the latest tweets about gritting and winter road maintenance via the hashtag #sygrit.
If you’re driving, make sure you’ve checked that your vehicle’s ready for winter and drive with care.