Winter Service

The ability to maintain the Islandís highway network in a safe condition is fundamental to the economic wellbeing of the Island and is a very visible facet of the highway service.

Island Roads' aim is to manage and maintain the Isle of Wight’s roads and footways to ensure that everyone is able to move around the highway as safely as possible. This includes keeping the roads and footways clear of obstructions, snow and ice wherever possible.

To help us manage our teams to provide a responsive and efficient service, our fleet is fitted with GPS which allows us to monitor progress and record the treatments applied to the network. 

Where do we treat?

The Isle of Wight Council determines which roads are treated in freezing weather. The Council’s focus is on the Island’s key routes as it is not practical or economical to salt every road. 


Winter maintenance headquarters


Our depot at Stag Lane is home to our six brand-new gritters, three back-up gritters, and the Island’s road salt supply which, under the new Highways PFI, will be well in excess of that needed to cope with an average winter. Around 50 staff are based at the depot which also houses our gully-emptying and street cleansing teams.


Gritting vehicles

Our six state-of-the-art gritters are fitted with ‘pre-wet’ technology which sprays salt with a brine solution prior to spreading. This limits salt drifting on to grass verges or hedges and ensures the salt sticks to the road. The gritters have been named by Island school children. Look out for Brad Gritt, Sally the Salt Spreader, Snowy the Gritter, Frosty, George and Goliath.


How can you help?

Before setting off in adverse conditions, please check your vehicle, route and the weather forecast. Follow the AA’s winter driving advice and listen to the local radio for travel news while driving.


Further information:

Winter Weather Advice - Isle of Wight Council

Met Office


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