Coun­cil bosses are plan­ning to put 48 grit­ters, 43 snow­ploughs, 24 trac­tors, six loaders and one snow­blower on La­nark­shire’s roads this Sun­day...

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Don’t be alarmed if you spot a fleet of grit­ters out on the roads of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang this week­end – it’s just a dress re­hearsal for the main event.

Coun­cil chiefs are gear­ing up for the colder, darker months ahead.

And this Sun­day, 48 grit­ters, 43 snow­ploughs, 24 trac­tors, six loaders and one snow­blower, will be wheeled out of sum­mer stor­age and checked over to en­sure they are in top shape for the win­ter ahead.

Head of roads and trans­porta­tion for South La­nark­shire, Gor­don Mackay said: “The dry run in Septem­ber gives us the chance to check all our equip­ment is in full work­ing or­der and en­sure new driv­ers are fa­mil­iar with their grit­ting routes.

“We will have 35,000 tonnes of grit in stock ahead of the win­ter pe­riod and over 200 em­ploy­ees trained in win­ter du­ties.

“We know the win­ter will bring low tem­per­a­tures and ice, it will bring snow and rain which could be heavy at times but what we do not know at this point is where and when con­di­tions will be bad enough to cause dis­rup­tion.

“Our spe­cial­ist weather ser­vice lets us plan how the re­sources at our dis­posal are used but if there is a big freeze or very heavy snow it takes time to plough and grit roads and to clear pave­ments so I would re­it­er­ate calls for peo­ple to make sure they are pre­pared and to heed any travel warn­ings which are is­sued.”

Some 200 roads work­ers will take the ve­hi­cles out on a dry run of the grit­ting routes which cover 52 per cent of South La­nark­shire’s road net­work – more than the Scot­tish av­er­age of 48 per cent.

Those pri­or­ity grit­ting routes in­clude ac­cess roads for hos­pi­tals, am­bu­lance sta­tions, fire sta­tions, po­lice of­fices, schools, roads that give the only ac­cess to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties and lo­cal and dis­trict dis­trib­u­tor routes in ur­ban ar­eas.

How­ever ac­cord­ing to South La­nark­shire’s Chair of En­ter­prise Ser­vices Coun­cil­lor Chris Thompson it is not just the coun­cil that need to plan and pre­pare for win­ter.

Driv­ers are be­ing warned that now is the time to make sure they are ready for the roads in win­ter.

Coun­cil­lor Thompson said: “A lit­tle thought and a lit­tle ef­fort now will be well worth the ef­fort, es­pe­cially if you are caught out by the win­ter weather.”

Go to the ‘Roads in Win­ter’ page on South La­nark­shire Coun­cil web­site.

Snow way The coun­cil hope to be pre­pared to deal with scenes like this

Ready South La­nark­shire Coun­cil are check­ing their snow fleet

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