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Winter gritting

From October to April our fleet of gritting vehicles, with snow ploughs, are on 24 hour standby. Our staff 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.  

Please note: Scotland TranServ is responsible for North Ayrshire trunk (major) roads (A78, A737 and A738) (PDF, 922kb)

Latest updates

Emergency road closure information is displayed on our Service alerts page.

Follow us on Twitter for gritting decisions.

A760 live road camera

Cameras are located on the A760, as part of the roadside weather station. Live images are updated every 15 minutes.

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.

Request a grit bin

Grit bins are provided for you to treat footways outside your home. 

If a grit bin would benefit your community:

Our procedures

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, 425kb) 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, fresh loose snow is easier to clear than snow that has been compacted 
  • work during daylight hours (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
  • don't put snow where it might create a hazard for pedestrians or vehicles
  • spread salt on surfaces after you have cleared the snow, use sparingly
  • don't use hot water, this melt's the snow but may replace it with black ice
  • be a good neighbour, some people may be unable to clear the paths from their property
  • snow clearing can be hard work, don't attempt it unless you are fit and able.

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