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Cattle grid cleaning 2020/21

What we are doing and why

We are carrying out countywide cleaning of cattle grids. The work will be carried out between August 2020 and March 2021 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.

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.


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

Road closures

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.

Diversion routes

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.

Local traffic

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

Public and school bus services

We have advised our contractors to carry out work during off-peak hours for the roads affecting bus services.