Skip to content

Traffic information

Cattle grid cleaning 2020/21

What are we doing?

The work is for countywide cleaning of cattle grids. The programme will be carried out between August and March with each location being closed for up to 3 days. This work is highly dependent on suitable weather conditions, so the programme dates and timings are likely to be flexible.

Where is the work taking place?

Signs will be erected at the locations at least 7 days before the work is due to start. Actual dates and diversion information is available at

Why are we doing this work?

Cattle grids mark the transition between moorland and farmland. Their role is to act as a barrier to livestock whilst allowing the free passage of vehicles. Cleaning these grids will ensure that they remain functional and enable them to be undertaken in an efficient and effective manner.

Why do we have to close the road?

We must ensure the safety of our workforce and the public, and in order to comply with our safety guidelines we are unable to carry out this work without a road closure.

As this is a narrow section of road, we have to close the road for periods to give our workforce a safe working zone, however, we have worked hard to ensure that the closures are short time periods where possible in order to reduce the disruption to road users to the minimum.

Why is there such a long diversion route?

We have a duty to direct traffic along a similar standard of road to that being closed so that all vehicles, including large articulated vehicles, can safely use the diversion route.

Both the official diversion route and the alternative route for light vehicles will be treated with salt during periods of cold weather.

How is local traffic being handled?

We advise the residents of dead-end roads to make themselves known to the respective local operatives.

Why can’t we do the work at night?

We are working on Saturdays to speed up the work, but night working has been ruled out at this site because of the nature of the work being undertaken.

What will happen to the public and school bus service?

We have advised our contractors to carry works on off-peak hours for the roads affecting school bus service.