Snow and ice: clearing roads and car parks
The University gives a high priority to enabling safe access during periods of extreme weather, when the campus may be covered in snow and ice.
Snow and ice clearing is carried out by different teams and major routes are prioritised - see Snow Procedures and Gritting Map November 2012
The security office monitor prevailing weather conditions and activate the call out service as needed. The grounds contractor is responsible for the safe treatment of ice and snow and provides a full emergency call out service.
For more information on ice and snow generally, including communications and decisions over closure of campus, see the snow information on the health and safety webpages.
Road and car parks
The grounds contractor will spread salt by means of a tractor with spreader attachment as follows:
- Boiler House, Eastern Ring Road to Knights Gate Road to completion.
- Southern Ring Road to underpass entrance to completion.
- Stony-Mere Way (ie entrance via Stanmer Park).
- North-South Road via Refectory Road to bus turnaround at Brighthelm to completion.
- Lancaster House Road and Norwich House Road to completion.
- Arts Road and Library Road to completion.
- Gardner Arts Centre Road and Biology Road to completion.
The next priority is car parks in order of condition priority but normally:
- Sports Centre Road car park
- Sussex House car park
- Sussex House visitors car park
- Science (500) car park
- Biology Road car park
- Mantell car park
- Lewes Court car park
- Pavilion Road car park
- East Slope car park
- IDS car park
- The contractor will then revisit all bus routes followed by all other areas that are not responding to treatment.
Our priority is to ensure safe passage to all users with consideration to all emergency vehicles.
We prioritise the clearance of main walkways and paths across campus to allow safe access to as much of the campus as possible. To allow these routes to be cleared some areas of the campus will be off limits after periods of heavy snowfall or very low temperatures. Closed paths, steps and car park will be marked by tape and signs.
Snow clearing teams start work as soon as they themselves can get to campus and therefore not all routes may have been cleared by the time staff arrive on campus.
Please take responsibility for your own safety and take appropriate care during periods of extreme weather. The University cannot guarantee that routes will be kept clear, nor that they will be free of slip and trip hazards.