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Highway Winter Service

Safer Driving This Winter on West Berkshire's Roads


Potential risk of ice in areas affected by groundwater

Council urges caution as flood waters freeze

West Berkshire Council is urging drivers to take extra care on roads in certain areas of the district as temperatures start to drop.

Among the areas affected by groundwater are the Lambourn Valley (Upper Lambourn, Lambourn, Eastbury, East Garston, Great Shefford), East Ilsley, Compton and Hampstead Norreys.

For a map of the affected areas please see the downloads section on the right hand side.

Why We Salt Roads?

The purpose of the Winter Service is to provide, as far as reasonably possible, the safe movement of all highway users on designated roads throughout the District whilst keeping delays and accidents brought about by adverse winter weather conditions to a minimum.

Which Roads Will Be Treated?

When hoar frost or ice is forecast, a Primary Treatment Network comprising Class A and B roads and some busier lower class roads will be treated with salt or grit by us.

When frost or ice is forecast for an unbroken period of 72 hours or greater, a Secondary Treatment Network comprising other well trafficked routes connecting smaller areas of population will be treated with salt or grit by us. 

Map of Primary & Secondary Road Treatment Routes.

When snow is forecast a snow clearance network comprising strategic routes, roads accessing key facilities and other transport needs will be treated with salt before, and where appropriate ploughed after, snowfall by us.

Map of Snow Clearance - Roads and Paths

When there is a national shortage or limited supply of salt, the Contingency Treatment Network comprising strategic routes, access to key facilities and other transport needs will be treated with salt or grit to provide a minimum essential service to the public by us.

Map of Contingency Road Treatment Routes.

The routes treated by West Berkshire Council do not include motorway and trunk roads such as the M4 and A34 which are controlled by the Government's Highways Agency and their Contractors..

When Will The Roads Be Treated?

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Throughout the winter months from November to the end of March, the Council monitors the weather and decisions are made based on road temperatures. Treatment is likely whenever road temperatures are forecast to fall below zero. Treatment will normally be carried out either before the morning or after the evening rush hour.

For further information, please refer to:

 pdf icon Safer Driving Guidance 2013 [805kb].

Salt Bins

West Berkshire Council currently has around 230 roadside salt bins across the District and are provided as a means of self-help to enable communities to treat targeted areas of the public highway. Salt Bins are not provided for treating private property.

During snow conditions residents may use the salt bins or their own salt to treat the road and path fronting their property.

The Government have produced the following guidance on clearing snow and ice from pavements yourself

Map of Salt Bins in West Berkshire.

Self Help During Cold Conditions

In times of adverse weather make sure your journey is necessary. You can keep up to date with problems in Children's Centres, Leisure Centres, Libraries, Car Parks, Schools, Waste Services and see the overall picture in the Our Services box on our Home Page.

Information about all these services and more is published on Facebook and Twitter.

The Council is unable to salt any private footpaths, parking areas, accesses and alike. 

Local Weather and Rock Salt Suppliers



01635 528515


01189 230000




01635 529102


01189 303732



01635 550298


01189 750395

Travis Perkins


01635 45791


01189 427437


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