Lambeth Council is making final preparations to keep the borough moving in the event of heavy snow tonight and tomorrow (Friday 18 December).
The council will be drawing on all available resources to prevent snow and ice affecting streets and footways. More than 120 street cleaning staff have been diverted from normal duties this afternoon to spread salt, and are on standby to clear snow when it settles.
The council ordered in an extra 250 tonnes of salt this winter to prepare for the kind of weather expected this week, as well as installing an extra 40 salt bins across the borough, bringing the total to more than 540.
Council gritters are out today pre-salting all priority roads before the snow falls. Once the snow starts to settle, round the clock gritting will take place.
Staff from the council’s highways contactor, FM Conways, are also on standby to help shovel snow and ice if needed.
The council focuses its main snow clearing efforts on 178 km of the most heavily used routes, as well as areas around schools, hospitals, nursing homes, transport hubs and major public buildings. TfL will be salting and clearing snow from around priority areas they are responsible for such as busy shopping areas and the main transport hubs consisting of stations and bus depots.
Councillor Sally Prentice, Cabinet Member for Environment on Lambeth Council, said:
“We are putting all available resources into making sure we keep Lambeth moving as best as we can by focusing on key transport routes. Our staff will be working hard to clear snow and ice as quickly as possible, but even with these preparations, there is likely to be some disruption if a large amount of snow falls in a short time so we would advise people to be prepared, think carefully about their travel plans and look out for elderly neighbours.”