Gritting - Roads

Gritters

Gritters

All roads on the List of Roads network are treated as follows:

Primary Routes

  • There are 21 Primary Gritting Routes covering Fife. These amount to 59% of the Fife Road Network and can be viewed on the gritting routes map.
  • Fife Council’s designated Strategic and Traffic Sensitive routes. Principal roads (A Class roads). Roads leading to hospitals, ambulance stations, fire stations and power stations. Slip roads (excluding trunk roads) approaches to interchanges, classified registered urban bus routes, access to bus stations and railway stations.
  • Classified roads (B Class) Unclassified registered urban and school bus routes. Important commuter routes. Access to important industrial and military establishments. Known trouble spots.

Snow Routes

During exceptionally severe weather the Council will treat designated Snow Routes as a first priority, namely designated strategic and traffic sensitive routes, Principal Roads (A class), roads leading to hospitals, ambulance stations, fire stations, Mossmorran to Braefoot Bay Access on A921, slip roads (excluding trunk roads) approaches on A92, classified registered urban bus routes, access to bus and railway stations. Resources will be concentrated on the Snow Routes to ensure essential communication links are maintained. Other primary routes maybe treated for snow, in extreme conditions, once the snow routes have been attended too.

Secondary Routes

Other commuter routes, main feeder routes, shopping centres. Access to isolated villages and hamlets together with main food supply routes.

All Other Routes

Roads serving limited numbers of properties carrying access traffic, (residential loop roads and cul-de-sacs) including unadopted roads and roads subject to construction consents not yet added to List of Roads but along which properties are occupied.

Motorways and Trunk Roads as defined by the Scottish Government within the boundary of Fife are the responsibility of Transport Scotland. The gritting routes for your area, can be viewed on the gritting routes map.

Gritting Roads - Standards

Primary Routes are given a 24 hour service for the pre-salting and clearance of snow and ice formations with standby crews operating during the core winter period the nearest Friday to the beginning of November to the last Friday in March. Pre-salting treatment is given whenever judged appropriate by the Winter Manager.

It is expected that all Primary Routes will be treated within 3 hours of operations starting.

School bus routes within Primary Routes will not be treated at weekends, in-service days or on holidays. Treatment will recommence at midday on the day prior to returning i.e., midday Sunday for a return on a Monday.

Secondary and all other routes may be treated for ice and snow in order of priority once Primary routes have been satisfactorily attended to and subject to available resources. However, should conditions be such that a continuous treatment of Primary Routes is necessary to allow for movement of traffic, then Secondary Routes will be treated concurrently with Primary Routes. Treatment of ice formation will only be undertaken in exceptional circumstances of thick and persistent frost lasting for several days.

Treatment of Secondary and all other routes will not take place out with the normal working weekday (Monday to Thursday 7.30am to 4pm, Fri 7.30am to 3pm) other than in exceptional circumstances where:

  • widespread snow conditions exist, or
  • equipment and manpower resources permit, and
  • the requirements of Primary routes have been met

It is the intention that Secondary and all other routes should not remain impassable to heavy vehicular traffic for more than 48 hours.

Secondary and all other routes will only be attended to once all other priorities have been treated. However, in practical terms, these routes are generally most effectively treated on a street by street and area by area basis as there may be little differentiation between individual priorities, particularly in urban areas.

Kane Smith, Lead Consultant, Roads Maintenance (South Fife) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 46 24 Fax: 01383 602535 Contact Kane Smith online
By Post: Milesmark Roads Depot Carnock Road Dunfermline Fife KY12 9AX

Bill Liddle, Service Manager (Roads Maintenance) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 46 27 Contact Bill Liddle online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH

Lynne Davidson, Lead Consultant - Roads Maintenance (North Fife) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 45 33 34 Fax: 01334 659394 Contact Lynne Davidson online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH
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