Gritters prepared to keep Merton moving

With the colder weather starting to set in, we want to reassure our residents and local road-users that we’re well prepared to deal with icy roads this winter. Our stores are filled with approximately 3,000 tonnes of salt and we have a fleet of five gritters at the ready.

As the temperatures drop, residents can be secure in the knowledge that the borough’s priority routes will be kept clear of snow and ice this winter.

Our contractor has already been out and about gritting roads and pavements on the borough’s priority routes – around town centres, train stations and local shops as needed. A winter maintenance duty officer is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make decisions on gritting activity based on Met Office forecasts.

Councillor Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Regeneration and the Climate Emergency, said: “My thanks go to our fantastic gritting team who work around the clock to keep our roads in use. First and foremost they keep drivers, pedestrians and cyclists safe; but they also ensure that people can get to work, suppliers can get to businesses, and the borough keeps moving.” For more information, visit or to see the latest gritting updates on Twitter using #GritMerton