Gritting and grit bins

Road winter maintenance

We are responsible for gritting routes on public roads in the Scottish Borders during low temperatures.

We concentrate our resources on gritting, salting and snow clearance on:

  • key main roads
  • major bus routes
  • roads to hospitals, ambulance depots and fire stations.

We will then treat other main and residential access roads before treating the remaining road network.

Gritting routes

See map showing our winter gritting routes (expand "Transport" then select "Gritting Routes" on the Legend box).

The map shows the council's network of priority routes in red. These will be treated before ice forms or before morning traffic. These main roads carry significant traffic or are, in some cases, school bus routes. Trunk roads, maintained by Amey are marked in green. To report a problem on Trunk Roads please contact Amey on 0800 042 0188 or report it online.

Primary road routes

Primary road routes are the sections of road network we treat first when it is forecast that road surface temperatures will fall below freezing.

These routes will be treated between 6am and 8.30am and at a time in the evening before the forecasted time that road surface temperatures will fall below freezing.

Secondary road routes

Secondary road routes are all other maintained roads within our road network. Secondary road routes are treated when no further treatment of primary road routes is required.

Further information

Read more about how we make decisions about gritting priorities.

You can contact winter maintenance online or call customer services on 0300 100 1800 regarding gritting or snow clearing. Calls should be essential or emergency enquiries on public roads only.