From October to April our fleet of gritting vehicles, with snow ploughs, are on 24 hour standby and our staff constantly monitor weather forecast information.
When snow and ice is forecast, we operate a priority system to ensure the most important and busiest routes are treated first. We aim to treat as many roads and footpaths as possible.
Please note: Scotland TranServ is responsible for North Ayrshire trunk (major) roads (A78, A737 and A738) (PDF, 922kb).
Emergency road closure information is displayed on our Service alerts page.
View winter gritting decisions at North Ayrshire Roadcast or follow us on Twitter for updates.
Gritting routes and grit bin locations
View our priority gritting routes and grit bin locations in the map below.
Find the nearest grit bin
Enter your postcode in our Localview system and click the Search button. Select your address from the options and click 'Find The Nearest' tab at the top of the page to view the nearest grit bin to your postcode.
Request a grit bin
Grit bins are placed on streets throughout North Ayrshire for you to use to help clear snow, or ice, from footways outside your house.
If your community would benefit from a grit bin, please read our Grit bin conditions (Word, 27kb) before completing a Grit bin application form (Word, 24kb) and returning it to:
Roads and Transportation
North Ayrshire Council
We have an obligation to take reasonable steps to prevent snow and ice endangering the safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles over public roads, including carriageways, footways, footpaths and pedestrian precincts. Our Winter Service Document (PDF, 159kb) outlines the procedures we have in place to make sure we fulfil these duties.
For information on how we decide priority routes please read our Winter Information leaflet (PDF, 183kb).
Clearing snow and ice from public footways - guidance
Residents clearing snow and ice from public footways outside their homes are advised to exercise reasonable care to avoid making conditions worse. It is an urban myth that you'll be sued or held legally responsible for any injuries which occur on a footpath you have cleared. You can only be successfully sued if you were negligent. People walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves. Please follow our guidance:
- start early, it's much easier to clear fresh, loose snow compared to compacted ice that has been compressed by people walking on it
- work during daylight hours and only work in the dark if it is absolutely essential
- wear bright clothing and footwear with good grip
- watch out for traffic and exercise care next to roads
- do not put snow where it might create a hazard for pedestrians or vehicles
- spread salt on surfaces after you have cleared the snow, a little salt goes a long way, use sparingly
- don't use hot water, this will melt the snow but may replace it with black ice increasing the risk of injury
- be a good neighbour, some people may be unable to clear snow and ice on paths from their property
- snow clearing can be hard work, don't attempt it unless you are fit and able.