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Gritting - Roads

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Gritters

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

Primary Routes

  • There are 24 Primary Gritting Routes, 8 in Mid Fife, 8 in South and 8 in North.  These amount to 59% of the Fife Road Network and can be viewed on the gritting routes page.
  • 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 BEAR (Scotland) Ltd and AMEY.

The gritting routes for your area, can be viewed on the gritting routes page.

Gritting Roads - Standards
Primary Routes are given a 24hour 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 outwith the normal working weekday (Mon – Thurs 0730 to 1600hrs, Fri 07:30 – 15:00) 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 48hours.

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 conurbations.

To find out further information for your area, please use the contacts listed below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Severe weather FAQs - Roads and gritting

During periods of severe weather there may be some disruption on Fife's roads.  Hopefully the information provided here will answer most questions.

  • Q.     Does Fife Council provide a list of snow ploughing or gritting routes?
  • Q.     What if emergency vehicles can't get through?
    • All our area teams work closely with the Emergency Services already. They talk regularly with representatives and any requests for assistance are dealt with as a top priority when we receive them from the emergency service in need. We have a system that means we can divert resources urgently to support this if necessary. This system has worked successfully in previous years.


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  • Q.     Is Dial-A-Ride/Ring-a-Ride (Fife Bus) still running?
    • This information will be updated daily in the event of severe weather, and may vary in different areas. Visit Fife Direct or call 03451 55 11 88 for more information.


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  • Q.     Are secondary roads and pavements being cleared?
      • To help us decide which roads need our winter gritting and snow-clearing services first, they are organised into four levels of priority:
        1. Snow Routes – During severe weather Snow Routes are our first priority. These are the busiest roads in Fife which we need to keep clear to ensure essential communication links are maintained. This includes A-class roads, roads leading to hospitals, ambulance stations, fire stations, power stations, bus stations, railway stations and slip roads to trunk roads (e.g. A92).
        2. Primary Routes – Principal roads and main bus routes. There are 23 Primary Routes in Fife which altogether cover 59% of Fife’s road network. Fife Council has teams working 24-hours a day throughout the winter to treat Primary and Snow Routes.
        3. Secondary Routes – Other commuter routes, main feeder routes, shopping centres, access to isolated villages and hamlets and main food supply routes. These roads are treated for snow and ice once all the Primary Routes have been attended to, subject to resources being available.
        4. Other routes – This covers all other roads which serve limited numbers of properties, many of which are cul-de-sacs or residential loop roads. This category also includes unadopted roads.
      • To find out what level of priority your road is on, search for ‘gritting routes’ in Fife Direct.
      • In the event of severe weather, information on which level of roads we’re clearing will be updated daily on Fife Direct. Our actions may vary if weather conditions differ across Fife.

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  • Q.     Are residential areas being cleared?
    • See above information.


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  • Q.     Are speed bumps hampering Snow Ploughs clearing my street?
    • No. The ploughs Fife Council uses are designed to deal with speed calming measures.


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  • Q.     How often will my grit bin be refilled?
    • Grit bins are refilled at the start of winter and are then refilled periodically throughout the season. If your grit bin needs refilled contact us via FifeDirect or by calling 03451 55 00 11. We aim to refill grit bins within 5 working days of receiving a request.


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  • Q.     Is the council responsible for gritting my road and maintaining the grit bin my street?
  • Q.     When will car parks throughout Fife be cleared?
      • Like roads, car parks are classified into three levels of priority:
        1. Primary – Fee paying, railway station and Park & Ride car parks
        2. Secondary – Free car parks and other town centre car parks
        3. Other – all other car parks
      • All Primary car parks are cleared of snow and gritted at the same time as Primary Routes. Car parks that are difficult to access, along with Secondary and Other car parks, will be treated for snow and ice once Primary car parks have been treated, subject to resources being available.

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  • Q.     Is the Council responsible for the Forth Road Bridge?
    • No, Fife Council is not responsible for the bridge, FETA (Forth Estuary Transport Authority) is. Find out more at www.forthroadbridge.org or by calling 0906 302 0298 (calls cost 50p per minute from a BT landline).


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  • Q.     Can the council get extra help to clear snow?
    • Yes. During severe weather we regularly redeploy employees from other Fife Council Services which means we have over 500 members of staff dedicated to winter maintenance. We also work with external suppliers who can provide machinery and operatives to help with the clear-up.


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  • Q.     My school has re-opened after being closed, is school transport also operating as normal?
    • Where a school is open the bus operator is, as far as possible, operating a normal service. However, where they cannot access side streets the bus operator has had to stick to the main roads. For more information parents should contact the bus operator. Telephone numbers can be found in the "getting to School" booklet provided to all pupils who require transport to school or on Fife Direct.


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Kane Smith, Lead Professional, Maintenance Operations (South) 
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

Jim Coleman, Lead Professional - Maintenance Operations (Mid Area) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 49 36 62 Fax: 01383 602535 Contact Jim Coleman online
By Post: Fife Council Bankhead Central Bankhead Park Glenrothes Fife KY7 6GH

Sara Wilson, Lead Professional - Maintenance Operations (North Area) 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 45 33 48 Fax: 01334 659394 Contact Sara Wilson online
By Post: Fife Council Combined Services Depot Cupar Trading Estate Cupar Fife KY15 4SX

Bill Liddle, Service Manager (Maintenance Operations) 
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

Roads Services (Mid Fife) - Reception
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 84 91 65 Fax: 01592 583315 Contact Roads Services (Mid Fife) - Reception online
By Post: Rothes Depot Strathore Road Strathore Thornton Kirkcaldy Fife KY1 4DF

Roads Services (North Fife) - Reception
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 85 90 34 Fax: 01334 659 394 Contact Roads Services (North Fife) - Reception online
By Post: Fife Council Combined Services Depot Cupar Trading Estate Cupar Fife KY15 4SX

Roads Services (South Fife) - Reception
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 89 90 20 Fax: 01383 602535 Contact Roads Services (South Fife) - Reception online
By Post: Milesmark Roads Depot Carnock Road Dunfermline Fife KY12 9AX

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