East Dunbartonshire Council’s Winter
Service Plan endeavours to provide safe conditions for road users
throughout the winter period from October to April.
There is a Roads Team on standby 24 hours a day to respond to
any gritting requirements. The Duty Officer checks a dedicated
forecasting service for highways three times a day and makes a
decision on what action is required. There are three road sensors
which give information on the current status of the road condition,
road surface temperature and the amount of residual salt.
SUMMARY FORECAST FOR EAST
Forecast for Noon Tuesday 21/10/14
to Noon Wednesday 22/10/14
Sunny spells this afternoon with scattered showers and a
strong and gusty westerly wind. One or two of those showers may be
sharp with a risk of hail mixed in. This evening, the showers will
become localised with clear spells expected but it will remain
breezy with a brisk westerly wind. Eventually, the showers will die
away from all areas by 23:00 (apart from South Ayrshire and western
parts of Dumfries and Galloway where a few may persist throughout
the night). Otherwise, it will become dry with clear spells and an
easing westerly wind albeit with road
temperatures expected to stay above zero.
Tomorrow will be increasingly cloudy with spells of rain moving in
from the west but less windy than today. Mild, cloudy and damp
tomorrow evening with occasional rain.
NO planned gritting action.
The operational and financial resources available for the winter
maintenance service mean that it is necessary to prioritise the
treatment of carriageways and footways.
There are two classes of gritting route – Category One (Primary)
and Category Two (Secondary).
The Primary routes cover 67% of East Dunbartonshire’s 510km of road
and consist of:
- Main roads
- Bus routes
- Access to fire, police and ambulance stations
- Access to hospitals
- Steep or dangerous roads
- At least one access road to each school
The Secondary routes cover local and general access roads,
less used industrial roads and cul-de-sacs etc, which are only
salted during prolonged periods of adverse weather.
Footways retain grit longer than roads and therefore require
treating less often. We have specialised gritters for footways
which are based in strategic locations throughout the East
Dunbartonshire area. The main footway routes cover:
- Main shopping areas
- Footways adjacent to community centres and health centres
- Footways near to sheltered housing and
- Steep or particularly wet footways that create enhanced
In the event of freezing conditions being forecast,
the Primary and Secondary Footway Routes will be treated
in advance as a precaution. Where possible, routes are treated
outwith peak hours depending on the road and weather conditions and
The grit used is 6mm ground rock salt sourced from Ireland and
England. The amount per square metre distributed by the gritting
vehicle varies according to the conditions. The spread rate can
vary from 10g per square metre in marginal dry conditions to as
much as 40g per square metre in snow.
More than four hundred grit bins are placed at strategic
locations prior to the commencement of the gritting period. These
are for public use and are regularly checked and refilled and can
be viewed using the link provided above using the interactive
Additional grit is available from Broomhill Depot, Kilsyth Road,
Kirkintilloch. This is a facility for members of the public to self
load into their own container.
The Roads’ fleet includes 15 demountable gritting lorries with
snow plough attachments, one dedicated gritter lorry, one loader
vehicle and 10 footway gritters with ploughs.
The Salt Dome built in 2002 houses the running stock of up to
5,000 tonnes of salt, keeping it dry to maximise its effectiveness
on the roads. Storing the salt in the dome also protects depot
vehicles, plant and equipment from the corrosive effects of salt
East Dunbartonshire Council’s gritting policy operates in
accordance with Section 34 of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 and
follows the provisions of the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974.
A copy of East Dunbartonshire Council's Winter Service
Plan 2014-2015 (pdf) (719Kb) is attached for your