Winter gritting & snow clearance

Fife council has a statutory responsibility, under the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984, to take such steps as it considers reasonable to prevent snow and ice endangering the safe passage of pedestrians and vehicles over public roads. (*“Roads” include carriageways, car parks, footways, cycleways and pedestrian areas).

The Winter Gritting and Snow Clearing Operational Plan is the means by which Fife Council seeks to provide an effective and efficient winter gritting and snow clearing service, to negate the effects of bad weather and road conditions which have the potential of causing delays and posing hazards for all road users.

Winter gritting and snow clearing involves treating roads in order to:

  •  prevent ice from forming (pre-salting)
  •  melt ice and snow (post-salting)
  •  remove snow (ploughing)

Decisions on whether or not to act must be taken with due care and on reasonable grounds. The object is to provide a winter gritting and snow clearing service which will, as far as is reasonably practical, within financial constraints and resource limitations:

  • permit the safe movement of  vehicles and pedestrians on the more important parts of the network
  • seek to minimise delays and accidents attributable to weather conditions
  •  take cognisance of the environmental impact of the salting process


If you'd like a more detailed overview of Fife Council's roles and responsibilities, see the Guide to Winter Gritting & Snow Clearing which can also be viewed from the publications section on this page.

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Winter Travel Information

Winter Roads Updates are added during the afternoon to indicate the expected road conditions overnight and to keep residents up to date with any planned gritting operations.

Winter Road Update

No Road update at present.

Current Road Closures

Area Road Status Updated
CENTRAL Denburn Road Kirkcaldy - closed due to asbestos hazard Whole length Closed 26/03/2017 09:54
EAST Q39 Balchristie to Balhousie. Closed due to flooding Closed 23/02/2017 12:13

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