Gritters are in place across west London's boroughs in preparation for any snow.

Armed with dozens of snow ploughs and tonnes of salt, council's are unanimous in their thinking that it will be business as usual in the event of falling white flakes.

In addition residents are advised to follow government advice and clear any snow or ice from pavements, where it is safe to do so, as well as assisting elderly and vulnerable neighbours.

Here you can find out how well your borough is prepared for any the arctic conditions.


"Let is snow," said Hounslow council as roads are gritted and ready to go.

With icy condition forecast, Hounslow Highways is well prepared.

A fleet of six GPS tracker gritters to send the closest based vehicle to any incident, and 2,500 tonnes of salt is ready to use at a moment's notice.

But in anticipation, key routes have been gritted with salt six times over the last month, and teams will continue to grit across the borough.

In addition to the fleet of gritters on standby, the service will also send out staff with shovels and salt to carry out gritting by hand if necessary.

Councillor Amrit Mann, deputy leader of Hounslow Council, said: “Hounslow Highways and all the Council service teams are fantastically well-prepared again this year and are ready to deal with whatever weather arrives in Hounslow and to ensure we keep the borough moving.

“We urge all our residents to take extra care during this type of weather, keep yourselves warm and well, wrap up when you are out and about, check on elderly relatives, neighbours and friends. Also make sure young children are kept warm.

“If it does snow, hopefully you can enjoy it a bit, especially the younger members of the borough."

Hounslow Highways gritter


Brent council has said it is prepared to deal with any "cold snaps" forecast for the borough.

It has five full serviced snow ploughs in place, 326 grit bins on the streets filled with salt as well as 1,100 tonnes of it in stock.

Pre-treatment has started on priority routes in Brent on Thursday (January 12) with sweepers spreading salt in the town centres..

Councillor Eleanor Southwood, lead member for environment at Brent Council said: "Residents can be assured that we are prepared to deal with any cold snaps or extended periods of cold weather that might come our way this winter.

"We have good stock piles of salt and our gritting teams will be working tirelessly to make sure we provide the best quality service during times of bad weather.

"I would also like to encourage people to look out for older and vulnerable friends, neighbours and relatives to make sure they are safe and well through the colder months ahead."

The Met Office are warning of travel disruption


Across the border, in Harrow the council says there is "no need to worry" as its team of snow champions are stocked up and ready to go.

It has 3,500 tonnes of grit already stockpiled to keep the borough moving in the event of snow showers.

In addition there are 118 grit bins, and 100 volunteers on standby equipped with shovels, grit and gloves to clear local footpaths.

Councillor Graham Henson, portfolio holder for environment, crime and community safety at Harrow council said: “Whatever happens the safety of our residents and motorists comes first.

"We are ready and prepared with a plan in place to keep the borough moving - in particular for bus, emergency and school routes.

"Our dedicated volunteer snow champions will work with us to keep public footpaths safe for residents to use - so don’t worry, it’s all in hand. ”

The council has built up its stock over following mild winters over the last couple of years.

Kensington and Chelsea

Plans are in place to grit late Friday (January 13), in line with the weather forecast.

Roads have been gritted five times since the end of November last year in Kensington and Chelsea.

The council says it will continue to grit as needed over the coming cold spell and will continue to monitor the situation and act accordingly.

A severe weather warning for snow is in place

Hammersmith and Fulham

Gritters have also been out in full force in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Since 3pm on Thursday they had been gritting the priority streets across the borough.


Gritters will be sent out to primary routes across the borough to keep main roads moving whenever freezing conditions are forecast.

Council gritters are on standby for any bad weather.

The council is also calling on residents to be good neighbours during the cold weather by checking on elderly and vulnerable people.

Snow is heading your way!


At least half a dozen grit bins have been placed across Hillingdon in preparation for snow.

Precautionary salting of roads is carried out on principal roads, main roads as well as major bus routes in the borough.

Minor roads will only be considered for salting once the main and secondary roads have been completed, according to the Hillingdon council website.

During and after snowfall, the salting of roads will be carried out as required on the same priority routes.

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