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Gritting and Snow Clearing
- Online Gritting and Snow Clearance Updates
- Report a winter maintenance concern
- Trunk Road Network
- Grit Bins
- Winter Advice
Click to view the gritting and snow clearing updates around Aberdeen:
Aberdeen City Council is responsible for providing winter maintenance on 560 miles of road (that is more than Aberdeen to London) and over 1200 miles of footways. During severe weather conditions we have to prioritise the roads and footpaths;
There are 3 priorities of road network:
Priority 1 Roads that are main transport routes including major bus routes. Priority 1 roads count for almost half of Aberdeen's road network. Priority 1 footpaths are mainly city centre based and are highly used by pedestrians.
Priority 2 - Roads that carry medium traffic flows or give access to community or public facilities of a non-urgent nature. All other footpaths that do not fall under priority 1 are treated; they are treated on an area basis. Cycle paths are also treated as priority 2 footways.
Priority 3 Minor roads where road users can make their way to the nearest higher priority route.
Trunk roads that connect Scotland's major cities are managed by Transport Scotland, their Management Agent for the North East looking after the A90 and A96 routes is Bear Scotland.
We currently have;
- 10,500 tonnes of salt in stock
- 90 employees that can assist with winter maintenance
- 21 carriageway gritters
- 4 large tractor gritters
- 19 footway gritters
- A De-icer applicator tractor*
- Over 900 self-help Grit Bins, for more information and their locations visit
*De-icing fluid is only used if temperatures drop low enough to stop salt working
Early morning and standby operations start from 16 November until 20 March or later should winter conditions continue. The situation is monitored 24 hours a day.
Overnight operations generally treat the busiest roads. Early morning treatment occurs between 4:45am and 7:00am which ensures that main roads are salted before rush hour. This treatment covers 10 priority road routes and priority 1 footpath routes. Other pavements are treated from 7:45am if necessary.
The majority of our roads and ground staff work on winter maintenance during prolonged adverse weather conditions.
Grit Bins are provided throughout the city for local residents or road users. Find out more information, including the locations of the bins visit; Grit Bins.
One-Tonne Salt Bags
We have introduced a winter community self-help scheme, providing one-tonne bags of salt to local residents and community groups. For more information and to order your bag please visit; One-Tonne Salt Bags.
The Met Office provides localised forecasts on a daily basis.
There are 7 road sensors which provide up to date information on temperatures and road conditions.The road sensors are at the following locations;
- A90 Charleston Interchange
- A90 Cornhill Roundabout
- A96 Tyrebagger
- Ellon Road
- Jesmond Drive
- A944 Westhill
- Springhill Road (New this year)
Forecasts for your area can be obtained via the Met Office.
Visit Ready Scotland for practical advice and steps on how you can protect yourself, your community and your business from all kinds of weather.
The Scottish Government also wants to hear from members of the public who have any experiences to share with others about how to deal with winter weather. You can send an email to pass on your top tips for coping with winter weather to others who need help.
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Frequently Asked Questions
- In terms of winter road maintenance, what is the difference between priority, and non-priority routes?
- How does the Council decide when to salt priority 1 roads?
- How do the Council decide which roads to salt in the bad weather?
- Do roads take priority over pavements?
- Why has my road/ street/footpath/ not been treated?
- On average, how many gritters are there on the roads and how many miles do they cover?
- You have said you have gritted but I havenít seen any gritters?
- How much salt does one gritter carry?
- How long does it take for a gritter to spread the salt and refill?
- Why do you use salt rather than grit?
- What temperature does it have to be before you grit?
- Can the Council provide salt for me to salt my drive and path?
- How can we get a salt bin for our street, so that we can salt the pavement in winter?
- Our salt bin needs filled, who do I tell?
- Why has the snow plough pushed all of the snow into my drive way?
- Who is responsible for gritting the school playgrounds and surrounding paths?
- Why arenít school footpaths priority?
- Who is responsible for gritting the pathways surrounding the hospitals?
- Is sheltered housing a priority?