Our winter maintenance activities have officially started, with our first gritting run of the season on 7 November. As temperatures start to drop further, our crews are on 24-hour standby and ready to keep the county moving.
We all recognise severe weather can be very disruptive to road users so maintaining availability and reliability of the highway network is a key objective of our winter maintenance service.
The policy framework which is set by Cornwall Council aims to provide an efficient winter service which permits the safe movement of road users in Cornwall and keep delays to a minimum. However, given the available resources involved in delivering a winter service we cannot guarantee that all parts of the highway network will be kept free from snow and ice at all times.
Thanks to the feedback we received at the engagement sessions and focus groups earlier in the year, we are starting to develop a series of fact sheets. We are pleased to attach the first edition which gives information about how we plan our winter maintenance activities.
Our commitment to you is to use the resources we have in the most effective way, to keep as many people as possible as safe as possible when travelling on our Cornish roads during adverse weather conditions.
You can view the areas we will salt over the next 24 hours by following the council’s twitter account @CornwallCouncil or by using the online mapping system. Further operational updates are posted on @CormacLtd.
When roads are icy or covered by snow, naturally residents ask what is being done to clear them. We hope this information will help you to remain informed and to better understand where you can find up-to-date information.
While we always do our best to deliver to our programme dates for all other works, emergencies and gritting will always take priority, which we hope you will understand.
And finally, please take extra care when driving in dangerous conditions, especially if the roads are icy or frosty, or if it’s snowing. Always drive according to the conditions.
Head of Highways and Environment