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Winter Information


Winter Information

Winter Service Plan 

We have statutory responsibilities to take reasonable steps to prevent snow and ice endangering the safe passage of vehicles and pedestrians over public roads for which we are responsible.

Before each winter season commences, we conduct a review of the winter service and make alterations where appropriate. Planned winter actions are undertaken by our Roads Maintenance Unit.

Winter Service Plan - Contains full details of our winter maintenance service

Winter Service Brochure - A handy guide to the service we'll provide during severe cold weather conditions

Severe Weather Operations Plan - An internal Ayrshire Roads Alliance document*

*Copies omitting officers personal details and partnering business information are available on request



Winter Gritting 

During the winter months daily decisions on what action is needed are made based on detailed weather forecasts and the monitoring data provided by our weather service provider.

Forecasts are received at 6am, 12pm and 6pm daily.

On receipt of a forecast of adverse weather we will publish our winter treatment decision on Twitter



Gritting Routes 

Roads covered in our priority one gritting routes are gritted upon receipt of a weather forecast indicating the onset of frost, ice or snow provided the forecast is issued sufficiently early.

This is usually carried out prior to the onset of adverse weather conditions.

Priority two and three gritting routes are gritted as and when resources are available.

You can view our gritting routes

Gritting Routes East Ayrshire 

Gritting Routes South Ayrshire



Gritter Tracking 

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance have implemented a Gritter Tracking system

Gritter Tracking provides details of out of hour winter service operations.

Gritters can be viewed from 4pm on receipt of adverse weather forecast.


Grit Bins 

Grit bins are located throughout East and South Ayrshire for your convenience. 

Find your nearest grit bin

Grit Bins East Ayrshire 

Grit Bins South Ayrshire

If you’d like to apply for a grit bin, download our Grit Bin Policy & Requests form where you will find our policy and application form or call us 01563 503 160 (during working hours)


Trunk Roads 

Transport Scotland, as an executive agency of the Scottish Government, is the roads authority for all trunk roads and motorways in Scotland. They have appointed Amey as the trunk road operating company for the South West Scotland Unit.

Amey Are responsible for carrying out all trunk road maintenance including the provision of winter service on the A76, A77 (from south of Fenwick) and A78 trunk roads in East and South Ayrshire. 

Connect Roads Are responsible for carrying out all road maintenance including the provision of winter service on the M77 motorway in East Ayrshire.


Follow us on Twitter for updates.



Contact Information




01563 503 160




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