If schools need to close due to winter weather and snow.
If services are disrupted by winter weather and snow.
Details of gritting in Gateshead with route map
In winter weather it’s important to plan your journey. When road conditions are bad only travel when absolutely necessary. Always:
- Check your car is ready for winter – tyres correctly inflated, use screen wash suitable for low temperatures and have enough fuel for your journey.
- Have an emergency kit in your car – make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, take a spade, blanket, food and drink.
- Drive carefully and allow extra time for your journey - steer, brake and accelerate more gently than normal and leave bigger gaps between you and the car in front.
- To help gritters, snow ploughs, refuse trucks and emergency vehicles access your street please try and park your car so that it doesn’t block the road.
- North East traffic cams display regular images of traffic and weather conditions across the borough.
- The Urban Traffic Management Control Centre (UTMC) provides information such as road closures, roadworks and CCTV camera views. You can also follow them on Twitter.
- Highways England provide the latest traffic information.
- BBC Travel Tyne and Wear website for updates on road closures and incidents in the region
In severe weather it is often advisable to travel by bus or Metro rather than your own car. Local transport operators will do all they can to provide the best possible service during winter.
- Local train information, including real time updates, can be found at Northern Rail.
Looking after yourself and others
There's no law stopping you from clearing snow and ice on the pavement outside your home or from public spaces. It's unlikely you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries on the path if you have cleared it carefully. Remember, people walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves.
Visit the Met Office website for advice on clearing paths and public spaces.
You can keep up to date with our winter weather updates by following us on Twitter and Facebook.
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24 hour emergency number 0191 477 0844