Snow clearance continues

Published Wednesday, 28 February 2018

With more snowfall overnight, gritting crews have again been out salting and clearing snow from priority routes to keep traffic moving.

Snow clearance and salting accounts for the 280 miles of the borough’s 500 miles of roads – these routes are the main ‘A’ and ‘B’ roads, main bus routes, approaches to transport interchanges such as railway stations and bus terminals, approaches to fire, police, ambulance centres and hospitals and steep hills. 

“We have been operating virtually around the clock since Sunday evening. The latest snowfall overnight means that having treated all the priority routes in the early hours, we’ll need to treat and re-treat – it’s a continuous process. As always, Snow Friends are helping to clear snow and ice from the side roads. We are enormously grateful for their contribution which means that more roads than just the priority routes are being treated. Thank you to those of you who have complimented the council on its performance over the past few days” said Councillor William Huntington-Thresher, Executive Councillor for Environment. 

Ever changing weather forecasts means work is constantly adjusted. Normal street cleaning duties have been suspended and crews from Keir have been recruited to help clear snow from town centre pavements instead, with assistance from idverde, the Council’s contractor for parks and green spaces. 

As always in adverse weather conditions, motorists, pedestrians and residents are advised to travel with caution and to check the council’s website for regular updates, including information on waste collections. 


Notes to editors

  • The A21 and part of the A232 (West Wickham to Locksbottom) are maintained by Transport for London (TfL).  Consequently, TfL are responsible for gritting these roads, which form part of Red Route.  
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