WE have witnessed the first flurries of winter over the past week but Fife Council has assured it is doing all it can to keep the Kingdom running smoothly this festive season.
Some parts of Fife saw up to two inches of snow as everywhere else was hit by freezing temperatures and rain but, while reminding drivers to take extra caution on icy roads, the local authority has reaffirmed its pledge to grit as many roads as possible.
Throughout Fife there are 23 primary gritting routes, each near to schools and ambulance, fire, bus and railway stations.
They cover more than half of the roads in Fife and can all be treated within three hours.
During particularly heavy snow fall, the council also has specialised ‘snow routes’, which cover 550 miles of roads.
To keep people informed of which routes have been treated, an interactive online map has been created at www.fifedirect.org.uk/winter.
Dr Bob McLellan, head of transportation and environmental services said: “We are committed to keeping Fife moving, whatever the weather .
“We have 55 gritters of various shapes and sizes on standby to treat Fife’s roads, as well as 42 mini-tractors to clear and grit footpaths.
“In the most severe weather, we will have access to up to 1000 personnel and, in addition, we have arrangements for external resources, plant and equipment.
“We also have 40,000 tonnes of salt in stock, enough to keep Fife moving through even the harshest winter.”
As well as its fleet of gritters Fife Council has nearly 3300 gritting boxes across the Kingdom, with many positioned at known trouble spots such as steep gradients and sharp bends.