Roads in winter
We make sure, as far as possible, that main roads are safe and clear to use.
But, its not practical or affordable to grit all roads and footpaths. No council can do this.
We grit about 52% of our roads when ice or snow is forecast. This is significantly more than the Scottish average of 44%.
We also grit main footpaths in town centres when ice or snow is forecast. If there has been a lot of snow we will clear and grit other main footpaths. Generally, though footpaths in residential areas will not be gritted.
We can call on our fleet of 54 gritters, 43 snowploughs, one snowblower, 24 tractors and six loaders. Our road workers (over 200 of them) use these to salt the roads, clear snow and keep road and footpaths maintained by us in a safe condition.
In this film our Head of Roads and Transportation explains the preparations that have been made: Ready for Winter on South Lanarkshire roads