As winter approaches Policy Lead for Roads and Amenity Services, Councillor Ellen Morton, explained the council’s maintenance arrangements: ‘’With a robust winter maintenance policy in place, a fleet of 40 vehicles, a salt stockpile over 12,000 tonnes, 12 road surface and weather monitoring stations and an extra £500,000 identified in this year’s budget, Argyll and Bute Council is ready for winter.
‘’When freezing conditions are forecast there are 31 priority routes which are pre-treated, or just over 750 miles of the road network; roughly equivalent to driving from Lochgilphead to Paris.
‘’Priority routes are chosen to maintain transport connections for as many communities as possible and fall into four categories, with the first three being pre-treated as required.’’
More detail on the treatment schedule is available in the winter service policy 2015/16 at:
Councillor Morton continued: ‘’Almost the entire road network in Argyll and Bute is looked after by the council, Bear Scotland look after the trunk roads in the area on behalf of Transport Scotland, the national transport body. Bear Scotland is responsible for the A82, A85, A828, and the A83.
‘’Footways are also treated in times of heavy snow or persistent freezing conditions, as resources allow, on a priority basis, with urban shopping areas and precincts being treated first.
‘’Grit heaps and salt bins are provided where possible throughout the council area to help members of the public help themselves during periods of severe weather.
‘’We are committed to delivering as good a winter service as we can, as far as the weather conditions and manpower allow. It is not possible to guarantee that all of a given route will be completely treated which is why a winter weather ready webpage and leaflet have been prepared, giving people useful tips on winter preparation and driving.’’
The leaflets will be available in council buildings and information is on the website at:
The council will also be providing information on social media, on the website and through the press over the course of the winter, ahead of and in response to bad weather.
If you need to report an incident, during normal office hours, please call 01546 605514; out of hours please call 0800373635
Please drive carefully in Argyll and Bute this winter.