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Winter Service

18 October 2017

We want you to travel as safely as possible during the winter. On this page you can find information about staying safe during harsh weather and how to check if a school or council service is open.

School closures

Most schools communicate with parents regarding closures. You can check if your school is closed by contacting it directly or viewing our list of school closures.

Weather warnings

The Met Office issues severe weather warnings  giving detail on the likely impact to services in the area.

Flooding alerts

You can find the latest flood warnings and information from the Environment Agency.

Winter travel

Our aim is to keep major roads salted and traffic moving during the winter months. 
Find out about:
We concentrate on a defined network of the most important routes to keep everyone moving, this includes A and B roads and those with a frequent bus service.
We are unable to salt the majority of residential estate roads and rural lanes.
We are not responsible for:
  • the A12, A120, M11 and M25 which are maintained by the Highways Agency. Tel: 0300 123 5000.
  • the A130, between the A12 and the A127 is maintained by County Route Tel: 0845 351 1130.
  • roads in Thurrock and Southend-on-Sea are maintained by those local authorities.


Where possible we will focus on clearing pathways in town centre shopping areas and those to train and bus stations.


If you want to clear snow from your local footpath information and guidance is available.


On follow:

Other closures

While we try to keep services open during harsh weather, some closures may be unavoidable. To check if a site is open, follow the links below and select the relevant location:

Staying warm

Find out some simple things you can do to stay healthy during winter.
It is also important to check on elderly friends, neighbours and relatives.