Winter weather - gritting, salt bins, snow and ice

Preparing for ice and snow

We're ready for winter

Preparing for ice and snow:
  • we know what's coming and decide how to act by analysing regular weather reports and hazard alerts from MetDesk
  • we use the forecasts to help us decide which of the borough’s roads we will be gritting 

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

Gritting map

Our gritting map displays routes that are treated with grit/salt if temperatures suggest that widespread ice and snow is likely to be a problem.

TfL decide when to grit/salt their red routes within the borough (see TfL red route maps).

Driving in winter conditions

Stay safe in the winter and plan your journey in advance. Check weather reports and traffic reports before setting off. If the weather is bad it may be safer not to travel.

The Met Office provides information about preparing your vehicle and planning your journey during severe weather. It includes links to live traffic and weather updates.

Gritting footpaths and cycleways

Kingston deems the footway and cycleway network to carry less risk with regards to winter weather than the carriageway asset. The Council has assessed the number of complaints, reports of accidents and claims made against the Authority and has deemed that no precautionary gritting of footways or segregated carriageways is necessary. Therefore, the policy for footways and cycleways is to provide a reactive service and gritting only takes place in priority areas where snow has formed or accumulated. Salt on the footway is spread manually and therefore there are no set spread rates.