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Roads showing true grit to keep East Ren moving during winter

A crew of 30 road workers driving nine grit lorries are busy keeping East Renfrewshire moving this winter.

Gritting lorries

And the 'winter watch' team will be helped out by workers from the parks and cleansing squad to spread salt on footways.

The workers operate on a rota and will be available on standby 24/7 until May with more than 4,500 tonnes of salt and 500 tonnes of grit stockpiled and available to hit the roads and footpaths of the area.

They will also keep topping up the 319 street bins and 17 larger community bins located across the area to help residents help themselves.

East Renfrewshire has 475km of roads. That's enough to go from here to Edinburgh and back three times. 313km of this is treated as a priority route, this is around 65 per cent which is more than most councils.

And the team is primed for action as soon as there is notice of severe weather from our dedicated weather forecasting service. The road's service focus is to ensure priority roads are gritted so that locals can access key services. Unfortunately because our resources are fully committed to current routes and grit bins, we must decline any request for new grit bin locations or additional streets to be added to our priority gritting routes.

The gritting priorities include:

  • main 'A' roads
  • access to fire stations
  • bus routes to schools
  • main bus routes, and
  • routes to local employment areas

During winter weather our priority has to be to ensure main roads and bus routes are clear, safe access to fire stations is provided, and access to our schools is made as straightforward for residents as possible. It is impossible to grit every street and pavement in the area, and our service already covers a larger area of roads than almost every other council in Scotland. So to help people to help themselves we've got more than 300 street grit bins and some larger community bins in key locations. Priority routes and grit bin locations are listed on our roads and gritting page.

Please remember that although we aim to provide the best possible service, we cannot guarantee that all roads will always be completely free of ice and snow. Some roads carry such high volumes of traffic that congestion occurs at peak periods. Sometimes freezing weather happens at the same time as peak traffic levels. This makes it difficult for gritting vehicles to get on to the road network.

Even when we have salted the roads, it takes time for it to work; rain can wash the salt off roads and they may ice over again and in severe weather conditions, even salting will not prevent the roads from icing up. In severe conditions we may have to continue treating our main routes until such times as they are considered safe before we can turn our attentions to other routes. If you are out on the roads in bad weather, please take account of the weather conditions. Councillor Tony Buchanan - Convener for Infrastructure and Sustainable Growth

  • East Renfrewshire has a road network of 475km
  • We have included 313km of this in our priority routes (this is around 65 per cent which is more than most councils)
  • Every time there is a forecast of 0 degrees or below we grit 313km of road (normally twice in a 24hour period, that means 626km a day)
  • We have more than 700km of footways
  • As part of our priority footway routes we treat 64km of footways
  • 30 roads operatives supplemented by staff from our cleansing and parks services provide 24 hour seven days a week coverage for winter maintenance
  • Only on police instruction/request would we divert from our treatment priorities.

See our winter maintenance page for gritting updates and to find out where your nearest grit bin is.

Helpful tips on how to prepare for winter can be found at the Ready Scotland website.


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