Updated Statement from Department for Infrastructure - advice for road users

Date published: 18 January 2024


The Department is reminding the public to only travel today if your journey is absolutely essential and anyone who must travel should exercise extreme caution.

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A Met Office warning for snow and ice remains in place with sub zero temperatures forecast throughout the day, however, due to industrial action only very limited gritting of the road network will take place today.  As a result gritting which took place on Wednesday evening will no longer be effective, road conditions are likely to deteriorate and driving will become increasingly hazardous.  While some gritting will be delivered today it will be confined to the main roads connecting our towns and cities at best. Much of the road network that would normally be gritted will not be treated and road users should be very mindful that conditions on the roads will be variable.

Gritting will continue to take place on the M1 and M2 motorways, the A1 and the A4.  However, road users are reminded that roads leading to the limited salted part of the network will not be treated so extreme caution will be required for anyone travelling on any part of the road network. 

Even where gritting has taken place the Department can never guarantee ice free roads due to potential washoff from showers and the formation of black ice so please drive slowly and be prepared for changing conditions .

The road network will also remain hazardous for travel on Friday 19 January with gritting only likely to recommence on a limited basis from early morning on Friday 19 January. Again, gritting will be confined to the main roads only and drivers may still encounter some portions of their route that are gritted and some portions that are not.

Pedestrians should equally take great care when walking on footpaths.

Road workers will remain on strike until Thursday 25 January which significantly restricts the volume of gritting that can be carried out from the 19-24 January and disruption should be expected until warmer weather arrives.

Notes to editors: 

  1. All media queries should be directed to the Department for Infrastructure Press Office at: press.office@infrastructure-ni.gov.uk
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