Roads - gritting
The winter service programme runs from the first week in November until the first week of April.
During the winter, the council’s contractor pre-salts the principal and other heavily trafficked roads (primary routes) if weather forecasts show that it’s necessary. Less frequently used roads (secondary routes) are also salted during particularly severe weather conditions.
We use a sophisticated weather forecasting and ice prediction system based on specific forecasts for the borough provided by the MeteoGroup from their HQ in Victoria, London. This enables a faster response to local weather conditions and earlier pre-salting of the primary routes before snow or ice sets in.
Some locations not on the primary routes have also been identified where regular spot salting will be carried out.
Salting (gritting) routes - map (select 'view a full-screen version of the map', then select 'winter gritting routes' from the driver information section of the map layers on the left-hand side of the map)
Alternatively you can download the salting routes and salt bins map (PDF, 1096kb)
For an effective service, salt bins are located at critical locations to help residents salt nearby roads and footpaths.
These are not intended for use on people’s own property. The bins will be re-stocked as regularly as resources permit.
If you need to contact us about gritting or salt bins please use our salt and gritting online form.
More information and advice
For more information on how to prepare for snow and ice visit: