Thousands of tonnes of salt, a fleet of gritters and hundreds of grit bins are on standby to keep North Lanarkshire moving this winter.
With its contractor Amey, the local council has a fleet of 32 gritters ready to battle ice and snow, with 20,000 tonnes of salt in stock and almost 2,000 grit bins filled. In addition, 14 new tractors fitted with snow ploughs and salt spreading equipment are available to clear footpaths.
A number of gritters are fitted with cameras which feed images of the road network back to Amey’s control room, giving staff live updates on weather conditions.
The council’s gritting routes prioritise all ‘A’ and ‘B’ main roads and some ‘C’ roads, key bus routes and access roads to hospitals, fire, police and ambulance stations. When severe weather is forecast, these roads are gritted in the early mornings and, depending on the temperatures, again in the evenings.
Main roads to schools are already part of the secondary gritting routes, however, this year a number of other roads near schools will be included. All secondary routes are treated when severe weather is predicted to last for a significant period.
For more information go to www.northlanarkshire.gov.uk/winter