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Winter roads plan swings into action

Published: Monday, 12 December 2022

Our winter road crews will be out gritting again this evening (Monday 12 December 2022) and into the early hours of tomorrow, to help make getting around the borough as safe as possible.

Over the weekend around 80 tonnes of salt was used to grit main roads in the first instance.

Now these main routes are operating more safely, gritting is continuing on other roads in order to help with keeping the borough moving, particularly to assist emergency services and waste crews. 

The Council’s winter service standby arrangements started on 1 November 2022.

As the weather and temperatures dictate, the crews will continue to salt roads as necessary. We have nearly 2,000 tonnes of salt in our resources.

The Council is continuing to direct residents to check advice from Highways England and weather updates from the Met Office.

Their advice is to only travel if necessary at this time.

Waste collections are continuing as scheduled but there may be some delays because of the snowy weather and more parked cars than usual in roads due to residents staying at home.

Any collections not completed will be done as soon as possible and crews will work into the weekend if necessary.

Our street cleaning crews have been out since early this morning (Monday 12 December 2022) salting pavements.

This work is around and near sheltered housing, bus stops, town centres and schools that remain open plus other busy main areas and they will continue to do this throughout the week as required.

Councillor Ray Morgon, Leader of Havering Council, said:

“Our service teams have been out there in all hours making sure roads are gritted, pavements are cleared and salted as much as possible across the borough for our residents.

“The advice at the moment is to not travel unless it’s really necessary.

"Keep a check on any service updates on our website and social media platforms, as well looking at the national travel and weather updates.

“There is also plenty of information on how to keep safe and warm.

"Pllease make sure you check on any vulnerable relatives and neighbours and keep yourselves safe.”

Winter services