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Safe travel

What do we do?

Devon County Council aims to assist safe Winter Travel in every way that we can, however not everything is under our control or in our remit.

Below is a list of just some of the things we do to help keep the network moving:

  • Undertake precautionary salting on major roads when there is a risk of ice or snow.
  • Monitor road conditions and direct resources to where problems are occurring.
  • Clear the major routes of snow.
  • Provide roadside salt bins and bags for self-help.
  • React to highway flooding, and fallen trees which can be reported online.
  • Keep delays to a minimum.

You can find out more about what we do in our Winter Service and Emergency Plan.

Primary salting network

The primary salting network is made up of the major routes where the majority of vehicle movements take place and also includes accesses to hospitals, ambulance stations, fire stations, other emergency service establishments, railway stations, airports and secondary schools. The length of the 37 routes which form the primary salting network is 20% of the road network.

The following criteria are used to determine which roads are salted:

Strategic routes – All A and B roads and C roads classified as high-speed routes.
Traffic flow – Routes with February two-way flows greater than 1000 vehicles per day.
Settlement population – Main access route to settlements with a population of 500 or greater as provided by Devon County Council’s Strategic Intelligence unit.
Emergency premises – Main access route to 24hr emergency services premises, defined as “Emergency premises with 24-hour access” include: ambulance stations, full-time and retained fire stations, hospitals with 24-hour casualty departments and police stations manned 24 hours.
Cottage and community hospitals – Main highway access route to strategic cottage and community hospitals as notified to the authority by Devon Primary Care Trust.
Secondary schools (including independent secondary schools) – Main highway access to secondary schools.
Bus routes – Bus routes with a service interval of at least 15 minutes within any one hour of the day, in one direction of travel or where a combination of multiple bus services meet this criteria.
Airports – Main highway access to regional airports.
Railway stations – Main highway access to mainline and branch line railway stations.
Adjoining highway authority salting networks – Agreement to ensure consistency of action across boundaries.
Park and Ride sites – The bus loop of Park and Ride sites.