Highland has the longest road network of any Council within Scotland and as such it is simply not possible to treat every road at the same time. We have therefore established a priority system which targets roads based on their importance at a strategic and local level.
PRIMARY (Highest) - Strategic, Regional, Sub Regional and Link roads which serve the larger communities and permit the majority of road users to travel across the region. These routes will be covered from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday - Saturday. On Sundays and Public Holidays the cover will be from 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
SECONDARY - Roads connecting smaller communities to the primary network. Link and Service roads within the larger urban settlements. Service and school* bus routes not covered by the Primary network. These roads will be treated between 6am and 6pm Mon - Sat..
OTHER - Minor rural and local access roads. Residential roads in urban settlements. These roads will be treated as resources permit.
*On bus routes, gritting will not necessarily be completed before buses start their journey.
Tips and advice on clearing footways
Like roads, footways have been prioritised and will be covered Monday to Saturday between 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. On Sundays and Public Holidays, the cover will be between 7 a.m. and noon and be restricted to the Primary Network only.
- Primary: Main urban shopping centres;
- Secondary: main urban footways serving schools, hospitals and minor shopping areas;
- Other: All remaining Footways as resources permit.
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The Council are not responsible for the gritting of Trunk Roads within Highland. BEAR Scotland are responsible for the management and maintenance of trunk roads, the main strategic routes in the Highlands, which are owned by the Scottish Executive.
For information on A96, A95 , A9, A82, A86, A87, A99 (Latheron to Wick) A828, A830, A835, A887, A889 contact: BEAR Scotland - Tel. 0800 028 1414
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Advice to motorists
Motorists are advised to listen to weather forecasts before setting out on their journey.
Look out for ice
Winter weather can be very variable and it is easy to be caught out by sudden changes. In the Highlands, black ice can be a particular danger. It is not readily visible and can persist or recur even after the road surface has been treated with salt.
Dawn frosts can also catch drivers unawares. At first light a clear sky will allow heat to radiate quickly from the road surface causing icy patches to form on wet or damp roads.
Prepare Your Vehicle
Before you travel make sure your vehicle is fit for the journey.
- Check the anti-freeze level and strength in your radiator.
- Top up the windscreen washer and add screen wash additive suitable for winter conditions.
- Prepare for frost by keeping a de-icer spray and scraper in the car and another set at home.
- Check that your tyres have plenty of tread depth and are at the correct pressure.
- Check fan belt and battery are both in good order.
If you are going on a long journey, it is always a good idea to pack the following:-
- A flask with a hot drink and some food.
- Extra warm clothing and/or blankets.
- A torch, wellingtons and a shovel.
REMEMBER - IF YOU GET STUCK, STAY WITH YOUR VEHICLE UNTIL HELP COMES TO YOU. NEVER ATTEMPT TO WALK TO SAFETY. IF RUNNING THE VEHICLE ENGINE, BEWARE OF A BUILD UP OF SUFFOCATING EXHAUST FUMES. ENSURE ADEQUATE VENTILATION.
At this time of the year, there is an increased risk of accidents, theft and burglary. It is therefore important to report street lighting faults so they can be repaired as soon as possible.
You can also report faults to your Service Point during working hours and 01349 886690 (out of hours).
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