Where we grit

Latest gritting updates: Friday 2 March:

We’re prioritising the safety of residents and visitors in Brent during this cold snap, with teams working around the clock gritting and monitoring our roads and pavements. This is why, for the time being, all bin collections and bulky waste collections have been temporarily suspended. We’ll keep you up to date, and most importantly, stay safe.

Service alert: Veolia have suspended waste collections and all cleansing and grounds maintenance activities in order to give snow clearance their full attention.

We advise residents to only travel if necessary. 

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.

Where possible, we will also grit around school entrances. 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 usually 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.

When we grit

During the winter we monitor road conditions and weather forecasts around the clock. We have a unique forecast for Brent that is updated at least twice a day.  This gives the forecast for the next 24 hours and another for the next five days.

Our aim is to treat the main roads and other important routes before the ice or snow comes.

The placing of rock salt on the road lowers the freezing temperature of water, slows ice formation, and can help to melt snow. However the snow needs to be mixed with the grit for it to work. This is done by the traffic movement along the roads. Most of Brent’s salting of roads is carried out at night.

Salt is not effective at road surface temperatures below minus seven degrees.

Using grit bins

Grit bins with salt are placed at locations throughout Brent.

If you wish to use the public grit bins for your nearby pathways and roads (not for private property) then please refer to the guide below.

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.