Winter

Please see below information regarding our Winter Service.

What we do

  • When icy conditions are forecast we will grit primary routes first. This is around 42% of all the roads in East Sussex including all A and B roads and some C roads. You can view our gritting routes here
  • We inspect and fill all East Sussex County Council owned grit bins once a year, in the autumn
  • We provide a 24/7 gritting service. We schedule our gritters based on weather forecasts and road surface temperatures 
  • We do not have the resources to routinely grit footpaths or pavements. We encourage residents to help themselves by clearing snow and ice from public areas near their properties
  • Find out more information in our Service FAQs.

What you can do

Keep up-to-date

  • Check the weather forecast - you can check for weather warnings via the Met Office
  • Check your route is clear and gritting decisions via @esccroads or local radio stations
  • Don't travel in poor conditions unless it's essential

Prepare your car before the winter comes

  • Check the tread of your tyres - find out more here
  • Check windscreen wipers and washers
  • Make sure you have de-icer and a scraper in your car - find out more on your car winter kit here


Be safe on the road

  • Reduce your speed
  • Charge your mobile phone before setting off
  • Keep water, food, a blanket and sturdy shoes in your car
  • Do not drive through flood water - it may be deeper than you think - find further advise on driving in winter here

What you can do to help

Emergency School Closures

All Emergency School Closures in East Sussex can be found here.