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Gritting update

Sunday 17 November 2019 12:00

Gritting lorry


Variable cloud amounts this afternoon, with the small chance of a few showers but most places dry. Quickly turning chilly this evening.

Skies will continue to clear through this evening as pressure builds from the west, leading to a cold, clear and dry night. A few patches of freezing fog will likely develop towards dawn.

Any freezing fog patches may be stubborn to clear in places, and in a few places they could linger all day. Otherwise, it will be fine and sunny but rather cold.

Road conditions:

Road Surface Temperatures will fall well below zero tonight with hoar frost, and icy patches where roads remain damp.

Forecast minimum road surface temperatures -6.2 degrees


  • Primary roads will be salted from 15:00hrs and again from 04:00hrs tomorrow morning. Primary footways will be treated from 05:00hrs.


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 [2Mb]

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].


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 2,700 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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