Gritting roads

We are responsible for providing winter maintenance on 560 miles of road - that's more than the distance from Aberdeen to London. It is not possible for us to treat every road at the same time. That's why we have a priority system to treat the areas in greatest need first.

We carry out early morning and standby gritting operations from 16 November until 20 March, or later if winter conditions continue. In severe weather, we operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

During prolonged periods of severe weather, our roads and ground staff work extremely hard to make sure you can travel safely.

If conditions are severe, we will concentrate all available resources on keeping the main roads open.

Please remember to plan your journey, allow for a longer journey time, and follow police advice.

View the latest gritting operations on each of the routes around Aberdeen:

Gritting priorities for roads

There are 3 priorities of road network:

Primary routes

Primary routes cover almost half of Aberdeen's road network and include:

  • Main roads which serve the larger communities and permit the majority of road users to travel across the city.
  • Major bus routes.
  • Roads around Aberdeen Royal Infirmary (roads within the hospital complex are the responsibility of NHS Grampian).
  • Roads near fire stations.

We grit these roads early in the morning between 4:45am and 7am to make sure the main roads are gritted before rush hour. 

Secondary routes

  • Roads that carry medium traffic flows or give access to non-urgent community or public facilities.
  • Roads connecting smaller communities to the primary network.
  • Link and service roads in the larger urban settlements.
  • Service routes not covered by the primary network (on bus routes, gritting will not necessarily be completed before buses start their journey).
  • Secondary routes on higher ground are usually a priority.
  • These include roads near sheltered housing and social work properties, cemeteries and crematoria, shopping centres, and access to facilities in parks and gardens.

We start to grit these routes after we've done the primary routes. 

Other roads

  • Minor roads where road users can make their way to the nearest higher priority route.
  • Local access roads.
  • Cul-de-sacs.
  • Residential roads in urban settlements.

We only grit these once we've done the primary and secondary routes.

Trunk road network

Transport Scotland manages the trunk roads that connect Scotland's major cities. In the north east, Bear Scotland manages the A90 and A96 routes on their behalf.


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