Who salts the roads and how long it takes
When icy conditions are forecast we will salt the
main routes, called our primary salting routes.
- We use 60 winter service vehicles and have more on
- If there is an emergency, we aim to have these vehicles on the
road within one hour.
- Except in special cases, we do not treat minor roads and
Roads which are salted
Our primary salting routes cover about 30% of roads in Kent,
- all A and B class roads
- busy commuter routes
- other danger spots
- if more severe ice is expected or snow has fallen, we will put
salt on other roads.
Additionally another 15% (1349 km) of the total road network
which comprise other important routes (secondary routes) will be
treated when we are expecting heavy frost, widespread ice, or
Please note: These roads will be treated
after the primary routes.
We review the salting routes every summer along with our
Winter Service Policy document (PDF,
150k) and plan.
Unfortunately if your road has not been included on a salting
route, it will not be considered again until the review next
We are not responsible for schools, offices or car parks. It is
up to the people who look after these sites to treat them. The
Highways Agency are responsible for motorways and trunk roads, and
Medway Council look after roads in the Medway area.
If there is prolonged ice or snow, we will treat footpaths and
pavements in priority order starting with heavy use areas
- shopping centres
- railway stations
- bus stops
- medical centres and doctors' surgeries
- residential homes
- industrial and commercial centres
- steep gradients.
If there is a salt bin, you can use
the salt in this on icy pavements and footpaths.
We have contracted local farmers to clear certain rural routes
when the snow reaches a depth of 50mm.
The farmer uses his own tractor with a KCC-provided and
maintained snow plough. They get an hourly rate for ploughing (the
same rate everywhere in Kent).
How you can help
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Find out how you can help your
community by clearing snow from public areas.
Visit our winter page to find out
salting routes, ice alerts, weather forecasts as well as other
travel, service and health information.