- TfL has well-rehearsed plans and will be working hard to keep London moving during severe weather. Customers should check before they travel
- Fleet of 39 road gritters, including new cycle way gritter to keep the capital’s roads, footways, rail stations and cycle lanes open and safe
- De-icing measures on Tube and Rail services to keep rails as clear as possible
Transport for London (TfL), London’s boroughs and the City of London are again joining forces to develop and implement coordinated plans to help keep London moving during severe winter weather.
TfL will be working hard to keep the rail and strategic road networks open and running during any ice or snow, including major arterial roads and cycle routes, as well as footways around bus and railway stations, hospitals and police, fire and ambulance stations across London.
TfL and London’s boroughs have joint salt stores at key locations across the capital, which hold enough grit to keep London’s roads and footways open.
TfL is responsible for the maintenance of all of London’s Red Routes, a network of 580km of key roads, and has a fleet of 39 road gritters, all of which are low emission and can be fitted with ploughs, as well as gritting quad-bikes and flatbed trucks to help keep the roads and pavements clear. TfL and London’s boroughs will also work to ensure that cycling routes remain safe, using the dedicated cycle route grit spreaders.
Customers are reminded to check before they travel during any severe cold weather period, and to allow extra journey time where necessary. They can check before travelling by visiting tfl.gov.uk or following @TfLTravelAlerts, @TfLTrafficNews and @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.
Transport agencies across London will be working around the clock to help minimise any disruption on the Tube, bus, rail and road networks. On London Underground de-icing trains will be running overnight, keeping tracks as clear as possible. Well-rehearsed plans also include treating platforms to keep them safe for customers.
Points heaters will be keeping the Tram network operational during freezing weather and tram platforms and crossings will be gritted. Out of service trams will be running during the night to keep the overhead electrical lines clear of snow and ice.
On the DLR, heaters are in operation on tracks and teams of staff are gritting station platforms. On London Overground, trains that are fitted with de-icing tanks will be operating across the network to ensure conductor rails are free of ice. Station surfaces will also be gritted and conductor rail heating has been installed at key parts of the network.
Glynn Barton, Director of Network Management at TfL, said: “We have well-rehearsed procedures in place, in partnership with all London boroughs and the emergency services, to keep the capital moving during any wintry weather. We will be working around the clock to help keep the rail and strategic road networks up and running, as well as ensuring that footways and cycling routes remain safe. We encourage customers to check before they travel during cold and icy weather, using our website or our Twitter feeds.”
Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said: “London boroughs will work to ensure that the capital is able to keep moving as smoothly and as safely as possible during bouts of icy and snowy weather conditions.
“London boroughs are responsible for 95 per cent of the capital’s roads and are working with TfL and other partners around the clock to keep key routes open as normal.
“London boroughs will be implementing carefully prepared plans to minimise disruption and working with local communities to keep roads and pavements clear of snow and ice. Please take care when travelling in adverse conditions and check the latest travel advice and information on what is happening in your area.”
TfL plays a vital role in keeping London moving and is focused on reducing disruption and protecting road users, staff and contractors whatever the weather.