Coping with extreme weather

Cold weather: Ice and snow

Gritting and salting 

We decide when to grit by analysing regular weather reports and hazard alerts from the Met Office and MeteoGroup.

Each year, we update our Winter Service Plan which sets out how we ensure the safe passage of vehicles on priority routes. 

Kingston Council has four frontline gritters, two purpose built gritters for narrow roads, and 1200 tonnes of salt ready to use at the start of the season. This is replenished throughout the Winter. 

Find out the gritting routes and priorities with our road and footpath gritting maps. We have a number of grit bins in the borough. You can find your nearest on our interactive salt bin map.

You can report an issue on our roads due to cold weather on our website. 

For more advice, read the Government 'Snow Code'.

Winter weather can affect driving conditions, make sure you are getting around safely by following the advice from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) which also has useful information on minimising the chances of your car breaking down. 

You can also find more advice on driving in the snow in The Highway Code. Find the latest traffic updates on the Highway Agency's website.

For cold weather alerts and updates please visit the Met Office website which also has useful information on how to prepare your home for winter weather

For the latest information on train and buses visit the Transport for London's website.

Schools in bad weather

Schools will only close in bad weather if:

  • too few staff can get in (because transport isn't running or roads are closed).
  • the school building has been damaged and is unsafe.
  • the school has no heating or lighting.
  • parents should look at individual school websites for up to date information.

Can you help?

Volunteer 'snow friends' keep their communities moving during the winter months by clearing snow and gritting paths. Last year over 50 residents took part.
To become a snow friend please email [email protected] or call 020 8547 5000 and leave your details to register. 

Last Modified: 18/10/2020 21:52:24