Our roads team are back in the winter routine, gritting routes across Angus to try to protect road users from the worst effects of travelling in bad weather and falling temperatures.
Since British Summer Time ended, roads staff and their specialised vehicles have been dispatched to give attention to around 1100 miles of roads and pavements across Angus (*).
With a winter operational budget of more than £2.6 million aimed at keeping traffic and communities moving, we have about 19,000 tonnes of salt to stock our gritters, as well as the 600 or so grit bins in our communities. Grit bins are stocked with a mix of salt and sand and are there for the people to use in publicly adopted areas. To request a grit bin in your area, or a refill for an existing grit bin, contact AccessLine.
There’s valuable information about winter gritting and snow clearing as well as information about roads affected by the weather on our website. In the event of severe weather, we will keep you updated on council services on our Weather Watch page and through Twitter and Facebook.
During severe weather, we will work hard to keep roads and footpaths clear during operating hours that can cover up to 18 hours each day (between 5am and 11pm).
Drivers should always be aware that salt does take time to act and is actually helped by traffic on the road. But winter road treatment is not an absolute failsafe - at very low temperatures (-5°C and below) it is less effective. That is why it is so important to always stay alert when you are at the wheel of your vehicle and always drive according to the conditions around you.
Make sure that your vehicle is fit for winter and carry essential emergency equipment with you, such as a shovel, warm clothing, blanket, boots, some food and a warm drink in a flask. If you must make a journey in difficult conditions please listen to local radio for road closure updates. The police have the final say in deciding when to close a road to traffic and will keep the media informed.
Ready Scotland has lots of information about how you can be prepared for winter whether at home, work, or when you are out and about. And please remember to look out for elderly or more vulnerable family members, friends and neighbours.
(*As a trunk road, the A90 is the responsibility of the Scottish Government and in Angus is managed by BEAR Scotland Ltd. BEAR also maintains the A92 between Dundee (Claypotts) and Arbroath (Elliot) on behalf of Angus Council and Dundee City Council)