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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Current Road Closures

Area Road Status Updated
EAST A912 Strathmiglo to New Inn Narrow sections due to drifting snow Passable with Care 03/03/2018 14:27
EAST A916 Struthers Bends to Letham Feus Narrow sections due to drifting Passable with Care 03/03/2018 14:30
EAST B9171 Easter Pitcorthie affected by flooding Passable with Care 06/03/2018 14:06
EAST C17 Entire length Closed 07/03/2018 14:48
CENTRAL C48 between Muirhead West cottage & Muirhead Quarry road effected by floods Passable with Care 07/03/2018 04:46

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