Winter alerts and advice
For more information on our website see:
- Gritting routes
- Grit bins
- How salt works
- Clearing snow and ice
- Traffic and travel news
- Winter driving
- Flooding advice
- Power cuts
- Preparing your community for an emergency
Why haven’t you gritted my street?
We tackle the primary routes first. These are:
- routes to hospitals, schools, ambulance depots, fire stations and police stations
- class A and B roads
- roads in Clydesdale that are the only way in and out of towns and villages
- district and local distributor roads in urban areas
We don’t prioritise most residential streets. We don’t have the resources to grit every street in South Lanarkshire and often once we have finished the primary routes we need to start treating them again, especially if it rains and the grit has been washed away. We grit about 52% of our roads when ice or snow is forecast which is more than the Scottish average of 47%.
But I haven’t even seen a gritter.
Our primary roads cover over 1190km and they are often cleared by our crews at night so often you won’t see them as they can’t be everywhere at the same time.
I saw a gritter and it wasn’t even spreading. What’s the point?
We never send gritters out empty but they will run out of salt when they are on their rounds and will have to go back to their depot. Sometimes if the weather only requires a dusting of grit it will be fine so not that noticeable to passersby.
The only gritter I’ve seen was parked in a layby.
Our drivers have to take breaks as they work long shifts.
Why aren’t you filling the grit bins?
We are filling them but they empty quickly during bad weather.
I have already asked for a grit bin but you haven’t delivered it.
We are working requests for new grit bins and are waiting on a delivery from our supplier.