Winter Road Gritting

We work with Oxfordshire County Council, the transport authority for Oxfordshire, to grit the main roads in Oxford. Gritting is undertaken when required between November and April. There is a dedicated ice alert system which provides us with accurate forecasting on ground temperatures.

Our priority is to ensure that essential services are able to operate in the city. This includes gritting routes to hospitals, principal roads and walkways, hilly areas, bus and other essential routes. Not every road in the city is covered by the route.

View our Gritting Routes Map.

The amount of gritting is determined by the severity of the weather. You can download more information in our Snow and Ice Policy.

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for gritting the main roads across Oxfordshire. Visit the Winter Maintenance page of their website for salting updates and maps showing gritting routes in the county.

When snow is predicted, we grit the footpaths with high footfall across Oxford, including:

  • The city centre (Cornmarket, High Street, St Aldate’s, Queen Street, etc)
  • Link routes to the train station and Gloucester Green bus station
  • Around main shopping areas (i.e. Cowley Road)
  • Cycle route along the Marston Ferry Road.

We maintain grit bins alongside roads across Oxford. Residents are encouraged to use grit bins for issues on the transport network.

Commercial gritting services

Visit our Direct Services website for more information.