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Monday 24 April 2017 1200 hours
- Isolated showers are possible through the afternoon and evening, falling as sleet or snow above 200m, though no accumulations are expected. It will become dry by 2200 with clear spells developing and road surface temperatures will fall below zero in the east. Further showers are likely from around 0900 on Tuesday morning, falling as sleet or snow over the highest routes, but not accumulating.
- Forecast minimum road surface temperature -1.5 degrees.
- Primary carriageway routes will be salted from 2000hrs.
- 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 Winter Service Policy and Procedures 2016/17 [918kb].
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 Winter Services Q&A [247kb].
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.
There are over 2,000 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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