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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 constantly monitor weather forecast information. 

When snow and ice is forecast, we operate a priority system. This ensures the most important and busiest routes are treated first.  

Latest gritting decision

Updates are displayed here when gritters are active.

Emergency road closure information is posted on our service alerts page.

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

A760 and B880 live road cameras

Cameras are located on the A760 and B880, 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

  1. Enter your postcode in YourLocation.
  2. Click the Search button.
  3. Select your address from the options.
  4. Click on 'Grit Bins' from the menu below the map.

Request a grit bin

Subject to resource, you and your neighbours may be eligible for a grit bin to help treat your street.

You need to:

  • apply collectively as a street
  • agree to care for the bin all year round

To apply

Amenity grit locations

North Ayrshire residents can obtain small quantities of rock salt for use on their own path, steps, driveway, from the following:

Amenity grit locations
Ardrossan Car Park, North Crescent Rd
Beith Community Centre, Kings Road
Brodick Household Waste Recycling Centre
Dalry Car Park, Kirk Close
Fairlie Car Park, Pier Rd
Irvine Bartonholm Amenity Site
Kilbirnie outside Cleansing Depot, Paddockholm Road
Kilwinning Byrehill Place (off Pennyburn Road) 
Lamlash Council Office
Largs outside Cleansing Depot, Alexander Avenue
Millport Keppel Pier
Saltcoats outside Cleansing Depot, Mid Dykes Road
Skelmorlie Toward View, opposite Fire Station
Stevenston Car Park, Garnock Rd
West Kilbride Community Centre, Corse Street

Our procedures

We have a duty 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 zones. Our Winter service and weather emergencies plan (PDF, 450kb) outlines the procedures we have in place.

Clearing snow and ice from your street - guidance

Residents clearing snow and ice from their street are advised to take 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 street you have cleared. You can only be successfully sued if you were negligent (acted carelessly). People walking on snow and ice have a responsibility to be careful themselves. Please follow our guidance:

  • start early, it's easier to clear fresh, loose snow compared to compacted ice
  • work during daylight, and only work in the dark if it is absolutely essential
  • wear bright clothing and footwear with good grip
  • watch out for traffic and take 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, a little salt goes a long way, use sparingly
  • don't use hot water to melt the snow - black ice may form as the water freezes increasing the risk of injury
  • snow clearing can be hard work, don't attempt it unless you are fit and able


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