Winter road maintenance: gritting and snow clearance

Between the end of October and the middle of April, we run our winter maintenance programme. This programme determines when and where our 11 gritters will be used to keep our roads clear and safe during difficult weather in the winter months.

Our fleet of 11 gritters this winter will be working hard to keep our roads clear and safe.

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Where we grit

We prioritise key routes within the Barnet network for our gritting activities into Priority One and Priority Two routes.



Our aim is to grit the Priority One routes before forecasted ice or frost occurs. Priority is given to clearing snow and ice from key strategic areas.

Once traffic on the priority network is flowing freely, all available resources are deployed to treat the Priority Two roads across the borough.

While working within these priorities, every effort is made to respond to individual requests for assistance received from residents and commuters. This can be done via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

When we grit

The Winter Maintenance team receive weather and temperature forecasts throughout the day and based on this information, will make a decision as to whether gritters are needed to be sent out. During times of snow, the team will be working 24 hours.

Snow clearance

You can spread grit outside your property and clear snow from the road or pavement. Read GOV.UK guidance on clearing snow from a road or pavement. We've also prepared some advice for residents on clearing snow and ice from footpaths. You can check the weather forecast on the Met Office Website.

Follow us on Twitter for regular updates on when we are gritting in Barnet.

Grit bins


We have placed grit bins at more than 450 known trouble spots and steep locations so highway users can assist themselves. You're welcome to use grit from any of Barnet’s grit bins to grit public roads and footpaths. Please do not use on private property.


Bins will only be replenished during October and November for the start of the season and during, and immediately after, periods of adverse weather or upon request from the residents. We will refill these bins as and when resources allow but we appreciate residents letting us know when they are empty.

Who can have a grit bin

If you are a school or business you can request to purchase a grit bin for £378. Please use the contact details below.

Contact us

You can contact the highway correspondence team using the details below.

If the situation is an emergency and you need immediate care dial 999.

Highways – 6th Floor
2 Bristol Avenue


Opening hours: Mon - Thur 9am - 5:15pm, Fri 9am - 5pm


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