Why all roads and footpaths are not treated, preparing for winter, what you could do to help, arrangements for vulnerable people and dealing with winter weather.
Our precautionary network covers around 38 per cent of all our roads, about 1300 km, which is a greater proportion than many other authorities.
In the worst weather, we cannot guarantee that every road will be kept open at all times as we do not have the resources to make this possible in an area as large as the East Riding.
As the weather is unpredictable by nature we concentrate our efforts on a defined network of principal roads but in extreme weather we use private contractors, such as farmers, to deal with local problems.
You can read essential information about what you can do to prepare for Winter in the booklet below:
Make time for Winter booklet (pdf 2mb opens in new window)
Met Office Get Ready For Winter Website (external website - opens in new window)
Information on what you can do to help during an emergency can be found on the severe weather page.
There are no specific arrangements made although in severe conditions the needs of vulnerable people are given special consideration in terms of prioritisation of salting and snow clearance on specific routes. Should you wish to make a request please telephone the Highways Helpline.
The winter team within streetscene services is responsible for providing the winter service.
The winter team is responsible for implementing the council’s policy for winter services, advising on policy issues, the day-to-day direction of operations, monitoring performance, liaison with adjoining authorities and the emergency services and supporting the peacetime emergency plan during severe weather situations.
We aim to provide a highways winter service which, as far as reasonably possible, allows the safe movements of vehicular traffic on the more important parts of the highway network whilst minimising delays and accidents directly attributable to adverse weather conditions.
Read more about salting and snow clearing.