The Council is responsible for keeping the roads safe in winter and we have a team on 24 hour standby from October to April. We have 15 gritting lorries with snow plough attachments, one dedicated gritter lorry, one loader vehicle and 10 footway gritters with ploughs.
We check the highways forecasting service and our road sensors three times a day to plan our gritting action.
The new winter season has started and operatives will be on standby to respond to any winter weather. Weather forecasts and gritting actions will be updated on this page each day at 12 noon.
Winter Gritting Forecast - 11th April 2021
In the afternoon there will be patchy cloud and the odd shower, these potentially wintry. Feeling chilly with a brisk northerly wind.
Tonight will start with a few patchy wintry showers in places, but these will ease to leave a mostly dry night with clear skies. Another cold night with a frost developing.
Tomorrow will be a dry day with plenty of sunshine. However, some patchy cloud may drift in at times during the afternoon. Feeling milder than previous days.
Throughout the day, there is the risk of the odd snow shower. These will cause road surface temperatures to behave erratically but no accumulation is likely. Showers will persist into the evening and the first part of the night but will ease after midnight.
Road temperatures will drop widely below zero tonight with clear skies.
Gritting action will ne arranged after evening weather update at 6pm..
To report a gritting issue please complete our online form to report an issue relating to Grit routes or Grit bins during normal working hours (Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm). Outwith these hours, please call us on 0300 123 4510 if the situation is urgent. Submissions out of working hours will not be received by our technicians until the next working day..
During prolonged periods of cold weather East Dunbartonshire concentrate our gritting operations on our primary routes initially. Once these routes have been treated and are running clear. Resources are then diverted to treat our secondary routes and this process is continued until all roads are treated or the weather dissipates. Given the volume of roads within East Dunbartonshire, this process may take several days to complete.
Primary routes: cover 67% of the 510km of roads in the area and include:
- Main roads
- Bus routes
- Access to fire, police and ambulance stations
- Access to hospitals
- Steep or dangerous roads
- At least one access road to each school
Secondary routes: cover local and general access roads, less used industrial roads and cul-de-sacs etc, which are only salted during prolonged periods of adverse weather and when resources allow.
We have specialised gritters for footways and the our priority footway routes include:
- Main shopping areas
- Footways at community centres and health centres
- Footways near sheltered housing and schools
- Steep or particularly wet footways that create enhanced risk
If freezing conditions are forecast we treat the Primary and Secondary Footway Routes in advance as a precaution.
We have more than 400 grit bins which we regularly check and refill. You can view your nearest grit bin. If you want to request a grit bin in your local area, you can complete the grit bin request form within the documents section.
Members of the public can get grit at Broomhill Depot, Kilsyth Road, Kirkintilloch G661QF. You will need to bring a container and load the grit yourself.
Our Salt Dome holds up to 5,000 tonnes of salt, keeping it dry to maximise its effectiveness on the roads.