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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 road 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 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.

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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