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Winter gritting

We want to keep drivers and pedestrians in North Ayrshire safe, so we aim to treat as many roads and footpaths as possible when snow and ice is forecast. We operate a priority system to ensure the most important and busiest routes are treated first.

From October through to April we have a fleet of gritting vehicles with snow ploughs on 24 hour standby and our staff constantly monitor weather forecast information. 

Please note: Scotland TranServ is responsible for North Ayrshire trunk (major) roads (A78, A737 and A738) (PDF, 922kb). For more information on these roads, contact Scotland TranServ

Latest updates

Visit our Service alerts page for any emergency road closure information.

View our latest winter gritting decisions: North Ayrshire Roadcast.

Follow us on Twitter for the latest gritting updates.

Gritting routes and grit bin locations

You can 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 on the Search button. Select your address from the options presented and then click on the "Find The Nearest" tab at the top of the page to view the nearest gritting bin to your postcode.

Report a roads issue

You can report a roads fault online at The Hub.

You can also report faults with the following:

Report a trunk road (A78, A737 and A738) fault on the TranServ website.

Request a grit bin

We have placed grit bins on streets throughout North Ayrshire. Please use them when necessary to help clear snow or ice from footways outside your house. 

If your community would benefit from a grit bin you can make a request. Download our Grit bin application form (Word, 24kb) and return it to:

Roads and Transportation
North Ayrshire Council
Perceton House
KA11 2AL

Read our Grit bin conditions (Word, 23kb) before you make the request.

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, 160kb) outlines the procedures we have in place to make sure we fulfil these duties.

For more information on how we decide priority routes please read our Winter Information Leaflet (PDF, 183kb).

Clearing snow and ice from public footways - guidance

Residents wishing to clear 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. Remember, 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 for you to do so
  • always wear bright clothing and footwear with good grip
  • watch out for traffic and exercise care next to road
  • do not put snow where it might create a hazard for pedestrians or vehicles
  • spread salt on surface 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.

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