Bromley Council have a legal requirement to ensure 'safe passage' on their roads, as far as is reasonably practical, by treating roads throughout winter.
Using detailed local forecasts directly from the London Met Office to predict when frost or ice is likely to form on the road surface, they then send the gritters out to the areas that will be affected.
When road temperatures are predicted to be at or below freezing, our gritting crews will be salting the main routes across the borough. To cause the least amount of disruption and ensure that the process will be most effective, this work typically takes place overnight or in the early hours of the morning.
For those areas that are not deemed priority routes, the council also provides 'salt' bins as a self-help facility. These contain grit, rather than salt, whichis more effective on compacted ice and in very low temperatures.
You can also join our Snow Friends scheme. Snow Friends are local people who volunteer to clear snow and ice in their street, working as a group with a nominated co-ordinator, or with a local community group or Residents Association. Snow Friends are invaluable to the Council to help keep the roads clear, even in times of heavy snow.
This year the council have also launched a Twitter feed to help local businesses and residents 'in the know' this year. Follow us at @BromleySnow to find out when and where roads will be gritted so you can plan your journey accordingly.
To find out what routes the Council treat, you can download the following: