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 12noon.
Winter Gritting Forecast - 16 January 2021
It will remain breezy through the day, but showers will clear in the afternoon to some brightness. The odd shower may linger though. Fresh north-westerly winds.
This evening, further blustery showers will push in form the west and will last through much of the night. It will remain very breezy and feeling a little milder than of late.
Tomorrow will be another blustery day of showers. Some bright spells are likely in the morning, but it will become cloudy in the afternoon. Some longer spells of blustery rain are possible in places.
All primary carriageway routes will be treated at 8PM, with a further patrol at 12AM and all primary carriageway routes will be treated at 4AM again . All primary footway routes will be treated at 5AM.
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.