Roads team clicks into gear ahead of winter
Posted on 2 Oct 2023
North Ayrshire Council’s Roads team has been out across the region with snowploughs - before there has even been a single flake of snow.
An annual dry run has been carried out by North Ayrshire Council to ensure its fleet of snow clearing and gritting vehicles is ready to hit the road before the wintry weather arrives.
The test run allows staff to carry out essential advanced checks on equipment and vehicles, and also familiarise themselves with gritting routes.
Councillor Tony Gurney, Cabinet Member for Green Environment and Economy, said: “We have 7000 tonnes of road salt our storage depot in Kilwinning, and around 2500 tonnes at the depot at Brodick.
“Our hard-working staff are preparing for winter, and drivers across the region can be assured that priority roads and footpaths will be treated and kept as safe as possible throughout the winter months ahead.”
A squad of 35 drivers and 15 multi-purpose vehicles will be available 24/7 to keep the area’s priority routes in use throughout winter.
These round-the-clock measures will be in place from late October right through to mid-April.
Staff will also be on call over weekends and public holidays from November to February to help treat main footways in the event of ice and frost.
Arrangements are also in place with local contractors and farmers get their assistance and support in case there are severe weather conditions.
Salt is also stored at strategic points throughout the area for use by residents. There are around 500 grit bins and 15 larger community bins that people can collect salt from for personal use on roads, driveways or footpaths.
Weather stations on the A760 at Catburn, between Largs and Kilbirnie, and the String Road on Arran are fitted with cameras, which will assist Winter Controllers and Supervisors in monitoring weather conditions.
Weather forecasts are relayed three times a day – morning, noon and night – to the roads team who use the information to determine whether or not a snow or ice alert is issued.
A specialist detailed roads weather forecast is provided in collaboration with 12 other local authorities across the southwest of Scotland. Drivers are advised to plan ahead and check forecasts before starting a journey.
Visit https://www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/roads-and-travel/winter-gritting.aspx for information including updates on gritting routes, bin locations and road camera images.
Amey is responsible for any issues on the trunk roads in North Ayrshire (A78, A737 and A738). Amey can be contacted by calling 0800 042 0188 or emailing OCCRemail@example.com