Cold weather

Preparing for cold weather

The council is prepared for cold weather this winter. A major gritting operation is standing by, and several tonnes of grit has been given away to local residents and neighbourhood watches.

Read our Winter Service Plan

Gritting main roads and residential roads

The borough's network of main roads are treated as a priority so that the emergency services and public transport can keep running. Smaller residential roads are gritted afterwards.  

We return to places that have already been treated in order to put down fresh quantities. Gritting will only work if it is done repeatedly because it needs the 'mixing effect' of passing traffic to work properly, especially if there is more than one snowfall.

Pavements and footpaths

The borough's 460 miles of pavements and footpaths must be treated by hand which is a labour intensive and time consuming process. Particular attention is always paid to entrances outside tube and railway stations, hospitals, OAP day centres, schools, care homes, clinics and nurseries.

Read about clearing ice and snow from pavements yourself.

Red routes and adjoining pavements

The gritting of borough red routes and their adjoining pavements is managed by Transport for London - these include the A3, A24, A205, A214, A306, A3205 and A3220.

Council services

When there has been heavy snowfall, staff who normally work on refuse collections and street cleaning will be transferred to gritting operations. Refuse and recycling collections and street cleaning duties would resume once the weather conditions improve.

Any disruption to council services will be posted on this page.

You can also get updates via twitter.

See also

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