Gritting

The Council is responsible for keeping the roads safe in winter and we have a team on 24 hour standby from October to April.  We have 15 gritting lorries with snow plough attachments, one dedicated gritter lorry, one loader vehicle and 10 footway gritters with ploughs.

We check the highways forecasting service and our road sensors three times a day to plan our gritting action.


The new winter season has started and operatives will be on standby to respond to any winter weather. Weather forecasts and gritting actions will be updated on this page each day at 12pm.




WINTER GRITTING FORECAST - 26h January 2020

Spells of sunshine developing this afternoon, although there may be the odd shower too. A brisk westerly wind.

Dry with fairly clear skies for a time this evening. Towards midnight, cloud will increase to bring a band of showers eastwards, falling as snow on higher ground. Clearer skies again later.

A chilly day on Monday with spells of sunshine along with occasional blustery showers, some wintry. On Monday evening, wintry showers may become more widespread.

Road conditions:

Road surface temperatures falling below zero tonight. Initially, they should fall close to or below zero under fairly clear skies in the evening. Cloudier skies, with showers, some wintry are expected through the middle of the night and the early hours. From around 0300, or so, showers should become more isolated with skies tending to clear. Road surface temperatures falling below zero, with a high risk of ice.

Gritting action

Primary Carriageway routes at 6pm and again at 4am. Primary footway routes to be treated at 4am as well.



To report a gritting issue please complete our online form to report an issue relating to Grit routes or Grit bins during normal working hours (Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm). Outwith these hours, please call us on 0300 123 4510 if the situation is urgent. Submissions out of working hours will not be received by our technicians until the next working day..

During prolonged periods of cold weather East Dunbartonshire concentrate our gritting operations on our primary routes initially. Once these routes have been treated and are running clear.  Resources are then diverted to treat our secondary routes and this process is continued until all roads are treated or the weather dissipates. Given the volume of roads within East Dunbartonshire, this process may take several days to complete.

View our gritting routes.

Gritting routes

Primary routes: cover 67% of the 510km of roads in the area and include:

  • 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

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 and when resources allow.

Footway gritting

We have specialised gritters for footways and the our priority footway routes include:

  • Main shopping areas
  • Footways at community centres and health centres
  • Footways near sheltered housing and schools
  • Steep or particularly wet footways that create enhanced risk

If freezing conditions are forecast we treat the Primary and Secondary Footway Routes in advance as a precaution.

Grit Bins

We have more than 400 grit bins which we regularly check and refill.  You can view your nearest grit bin.  If you want to request a grit bin in your local area, you can complete the grit bin request form within the documents section.

Additional grit

Members of the public can get grit at Broomhill Depot, Kilsyth Road, Kirkintilloch G661QF. You will need to bring a container and load the grit yourself.

Salt Dome

Our Salt Dome holds up to 5,000 tonnes of salt, keeping it dry to maximise its effectiveness on the roads.