Adverse Weather, Gritting and Snow Clearance

Adverse Weather Conditions - Affected Services

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has urged residents to be mindful of their personal safety during the adverse weather conditions. For the latest information on severe weather advisories please visit the Essex Weather Centre website. 

When heavy snow is forecasted and temperatures are set to be at freezing major disruption is expected across the county. Residents are urged not to make car journeys unless they are absolutely necessary and to monitor local radio bulletins to keep abreast of school closures.

School Closures

To keep informed of school closures residents should refer to our School Closures section of the website and local radio station bulletins and websites.

Refuse and Recycling collection

Services running as normal.

Both Household Waste Recycling Centres are open as normal.


The Council is responsible for salting and snow clearance of highways within the Borough and will ensure the major routes in and out of town and routes used by emergency vehicles are kept open. Please see our gritting section for more information.

Traffic Monitoring Cameras

View live traffic on our Better Southend - Traffic Cameras page which provides images from 16 cameras at key sites across the Borough, showing what's happening on Southend's streets. The image is refreshed every 5 minutes.

Bus and Train Services

Bus and train services will be operating where it is safe to do so but residents are advised to check directly with operators before travelling and to monitor travel bulletins. Please see our Bus and Train Information page for contact details for local bus operators.

Care Services

Residents who use care services are advised to contact their care provider directly if the severe weather disrupts visiting arrangements.

If they have any concerns they should call the Council's Customer Service Centre.

Crematoriums and Cemeteries

Open as normal.

Passenger Transport

Running as normal.


All our Libraries are open as normal.

Page last updated: 30/11/2017