Gritting and roads

Keeping North Lanarkshire moving

Gritting lorry

During winter we monitor the weather forecasts daily to decide if the road network needs to be treated with salt.

Weather and road conditions can vary significantly across North Lanarkshire so we may need to treat roads in one area but not another.

We cannot treat all roads at the same time so, with our partner Amey, we prioritise and treat according to our pdf icon Winter Service Policy and Procedures [280kb].

Our first priority is to salt:

  • all 'A' and 'B' roads, main distributor roads and main roads around schools
  • major bus routes
  • town centres
  • access road to hospitals, ambulance depots, and key police and fire stations

When severe weather is forecast, these priority routes are usually treated with salt from 5.00am, before the morning peak and again in the evening, if freezing weather continues and road conditions require. If we have snow, these routes will be our priority to keep clear.

These routes cover 920 kilometres, 57% of our public road network and allow the majority of road users to travel across the council area and link with trunk roads and motorways. Transport Scotland oversees maintenance of the trunk road network and motorways, including winter gritting and clearing. 


We have a similar system for treating footpaths. We prioritise:

  • Urban shopping areas and precincts
  • Main pedestrian routes linking homes, schools, shopping and industrial areas.

Trunk roads and motorways (the M8, M73, M74) are the responsibility of the Scottish Government. You can find live information on the motorway network at Traffic Scotland.

Grit bins

There are over 2,400 grit bins across North Lanarkshire and these are topped up at the beginning of the winter period then refilled on a reactive basis. You can find out where your nearest bin is here.

We would ask residents to use these to keep local paths and streets clear and safe, and to help elderly neighbours who might not be able to clear the paths adjacent to their own properties.


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