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Winter maintenance

Winter maintenance

Winter service is an important part of Transport for Buckinghamshire’s (TfB) maintenance work. It involves salting major roads when there is a risk of ice, clearing snow and reacting to other weather related emergencies.

You can view our winter leaflet as a pdf below, which contains information on when, where and why we salt, as well as advice on clearing snow yourself and advice for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers during the winter season.

Our fleet of vehicles can be tracked on the map below.  Please note: Some of the vehicles are used on other duties during the day so they may be active on the map below. 

Precautionary Routes

These are the most important routes to keep everyone moving. The routes consist of 1405km of the county's A and B road network – about 44% of the total network, which is a lot more than other local authorities grit. We will also treat secondary routes and Snow Routes which is the reduced network we revert to in times of very severe weather.

Secondary Routes

These may be treated before a forecast severe weather event or in the event of prolonged severe weather when the primary routes have been cleared and treated. They include the following highway network: Classified roads which are not included in the primary salting network, unclassified roads serving communities of 200 dwellings or more and unclassified roads with a gradient of 10% or less. We may also salt cycle ways and footways in main shopping areas and other key pedestrian and cycle facilities. In general, the secondary salting network will be treated after the formation of ice or fall of snow in accordance with the Operational Plan.

The map below shows the live location of our gritter vehicles. 

Weather warnings from the Met Office

Weather warnings generated by the Met Office Weather Widget

Did you know?

  • Precautionary salting covers around 1405km of road
  • We have over 1,000 salt bins across Buckinghamshire
  • A typical grit run uses 65 tonnes of salt (pre-wet mix) or 85 tonnes if used dry
  • We have 25 gritting vehicles across the County

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