Gritting

Where we grit

During winter weather conditions, gritting of the roads in Brent is done on a priority basis to keep the most important roads clear for you, emergency vehicles and public transport.

We first prioritise our red and orange category routes - the main north to south and east to west primary routes and other main roads.

We will always pre-treat these roads as a precaution if the weather forecast warns us. Other roads will then be treated if the weather gets worse.

Our annual winter maintenance plan and its priority levels are based upon government good practice guidance and the chosen roads are reviewed every year.

We do not grit school playgrounds as this is the responsibility of the school.

Depending on how bad the weather is, after the priority roads are gritted we will then treat many of Brent's heavily used public areas around town centres, transport hubs such as outside train and tube stations,  police stations and outside Northwick Park Hospital.

The gritting of footways in residential streets is not included.

You can use any of the grit bins located around the borough to grit your road or footways except on private roads. Do not use them for your household private driveways or paths.

When the weather is bad and we are out gritting we keep an update going on this page and through social media.

In ice and snow conditions, we advise that driving is kept to a minimum and people only venture out if strictly necessary.

We treat 20 per cent of our road network and advise you to take special care on both the treated and untreated parts of the road network – no council can guarantee that no ice will ever form on untreated or treated parts of the network.

Due to financial and other resources involved, it is not possible to grit all the network and ensure running surfaces are kept free of ice and snow at all times, even on the treated parts of the network.