Winter road maintenance

Gritting priorities for roads

We have the longest road network of any council in Scotland and unfortunately it is not possible to treat every road at the same time. That's why we have a priority system to treat the areas in greatest need first.

Gritting route maps

Primary routes

The following routes are treated between 6am to 9pm Monday to Sunday and 7am to 9pm on public holidays.

  • Strategic, regional, sub-regional and link roads which serve larger communities and permit the majority of road users to travel across the region
  • Main and local distributor roads in the larger settlements
  • High-frequency service bus routes operating at least 6 days per week and starting prior to 7am with identified hazards

Secondary routes

The following routes are treated between 6am and 6pm Monday to Friday.

A weekend service will be provided between 6am and 6pm on strategic secondary routes as resources permit.

  • 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.

Other routes

The following routes are treated as resources permit.

  • Minor rural and local access roads
  • Residential roads in urban settlements