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Gritting routes

Roads - we regularly grit about half of Manchester's roads (approx 570km). We include bus routes, busy commuter routes and other busy roads that serve hospitals, schools, the airport, large employment and industrial centre's and some local access roads.
Our decision to grit is based on this combined information from the Met office’s daily forecasts, road sensor and weather station located in the city, which supplies us with temperature and condition of roads.

Pavements - we grit over 50km of pavements and cycle paths, including busy pedestrian areas in the city centre, district shopping centre's and other pavements linking transport interchanges etc.
Pavements are gritted when the forecast is for prolonged periods of ice or snow.
Once the decision is made we notify the emergency services, councillors, schools and hospitals.

Segregated cycle ways - we also treat our main segregated cycle ways using a liquid de-icer.

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