We’re ready for winter

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Fife saw the first flurries of winter this week and Fife Council has assured it is doing all it can to ensure the Kingdom runs smoothly this festive season.

Some parts of Fife saw up to two inches of snow on Monday, with further freezing temperatures, as well as rain, expected going into the beginning of next week.

The Council has reminded drivers to take extra caution on icy roads and has released details of its primary and secondary gritting routes, which Fife residents can access online.

There are 23 primary gritting routes classed as primary due to their prime location near to schools, ambulance and fire stations, bus and railway stations.

They cover more than half of the roads in Fife which is equivalent to an impressive 951 miles, and Council policy ensures all will be done to treat these roads within three hours of operations starting.

During particularly heavy snow fall, the Council also has specialised ‘snow routes’, which cover 550 miles of roads.

Online map

To keep people informed an interactive online map has been created.

It will show which roads have been gritted near your chosen postcode, as well as the primary and secondary gritting routes within the area and the nearest gritting boxes to your home.

It can be accessed at www.fifedirect.org.uk/winter.

Fife Council has nearly 3,300 gritting boxes across the Kingdom, with many positioned at known trouble spots such as steep gradients and sharp bends.

Dr Bob McLellan, head of transportation & 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.”