We carry out precautionary gritting when the road surface temperature is forecast to fall below 0°C.
Roads are gritted in the following order:
- roads with a steep slope and generally north facing
- roads part of the minimum road network of Greater London Authority that is kept open to allow essential services to operate (Resilience Network)
- priority roads in and out of the borough and main bus routes
- all other roads
- certain pedestrian locations
Salt bins are provided across the borough, particularly in areas difficult to access in icy conditions, allowing residents and passing motorists to treat the carriageway and footway within the area.
We do not usually provide salt to private individuals or businesses. Rock salt can be obtained from some builders’ merchants and DIY stores.
In early December last year, the council distributed over 700 free 5kg bags of salt to local residents for personal use on their paths, drives and accesses.
Again this year, don't miss out on your chance to collect your FREE bag of salt provided by Southwark Council. To know more download our Salt giveaway information (pdf, 91kb).
The following is advice on how to use salt effectively to deal with icy conditions.
Tips for salting paths effectively:
- sprinkle salt on paths when a freeze is coming to stop them getting icy
- don’t use boiling water to melt ice as it can refreeze
- if it’s snowed, put salt over the first layer of snow
- the best time to put down salt is in the evening before the ice arrives
- use about a tablespoon of salt per square metre
- avoid getting salt on plants and trees
- give your steps and any steep areas extra attention
- look out for salt bins; they’re for you to use on your road as our gritters only cover the busier roads
You can read more by downloading our winter service plan (pdf, 254kb).
Map of Southwark gritting routes
Page last updated: 05 March 2018