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Gritting update

Saturday 16th December 2017 1200 hrs

Gritting Update

Forecast road conditions: 

This afternoon will have sunny spells with any showers soon clearing. Tonight will start dry with clear spells, and rain spreading in during the early hours of Sunday morning.

Forecast minimum road surface temperature -4.8 degrees

Actions:

  • Treatment of roads and footways not on defined routes will continue to 1630hrs.

  • Primary roads will be treated from 1630hrs today and again from midnight tonight.

  • To view our primary and secondary gritting routes, please use our gritting routes and grit bin location finder.

Gritting and roads policy

Every day during winter we study the weather forecasts to decide if we need to treat any of our roads 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 2017/18 [444kb].

Top priority is given to:

  • All 'A' and 'B' roads, main distributor roads and main roads in the vicinity of schools
  • Major bus routes

These routes serve our main communities and allow the majority of road users to travel across the council area and link with trunk roads and motorways.

  • We also prioritise access road to hospitals, ambulance depots, and main police and fire stations

When severe weather is forecast these priority routes are usually treated with salt from 5am 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.

Priority routes cover 57% of our public road network. Amey has a fleet of 32 gritters and 27 tractors fitted with snow ploughs and salt spreading equipment.

More information is available from our pdf icon Winter Services Q&A [247kb].

Footpaths

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 / Motorways

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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