LATEST - Please view in the downloadable section the Gritting Routes for your locality.
How we deal with Roads and Footways in West Lothian
- Please click here (new window) for some 'Ready Winter' information
- Please click here (new window) for a Live-Eye view of roads in your area
- Please click here for information for Driving in Bad Weather
- Please click here to view our Winter Services Leaflet
Every winter West Lothian Council has to treat 950 km of roads and around 1000 km of footways to combat the effects of bad weather. The normal period of operation extends from 1st November - 31st March.
It is important to appreciate that it is not possible to treat all routes simultaneously. In this view, the council must adopt a priority system to ensure that the treatment is targeted to areas of greatest need first.
Where possible, we aim to treat major roads and important bus routes prior to the formation of ice. When it snows these important routes are treated first and where necessary treated continuously.
We operate this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when necessary. Once these primary routes have been treated, we treat secondary routes such as those in housing estates and rural areas.
We also deal with footways on a priority basis. In ice and snow conditions footways leading to schools, hospitals, health centres, shopping areas and where there is heavy pedestrian movement are treated first. Main routes to residential areas follow, with internal footways in housing areas being treated as resources permit.
In addition we provide over 2000 grit bins, which are positioned throughout West Lothian for use by members of the public.
Service Standards - We will:
- Publish our winter maintenance policy, including treatment priorities and level of service, each year prior to the start of winter maintenance operations (details of our winter maintenance policy (leaflet above) are provided)
- Carry out gritting and snow clearing operations on public roads and footpaths in accordance with published policy
- Provide new grit bins in streets which meet the required criteria, and
fill grit bins on receipt of a request where resources allow, or following periods of severe weather.
For - policy on route priorities; requests for new grit bin or refills; general information/comments on service provision - 01506 775000 (24 hour contact number)
- Gritting Route - Ward 1 Linlithgow (PDF, 3226kb)
- Gritting Route - Ward 2 Broxburn, Uphall and Winchburgh (PDF, 2.48mb)
- Gritting Route - Ward 3 Livingston North (PDF, 2.83mb)
- Gritting Route - Ward 4 Livingston South (PDF, 3.65mb)
- Gritting Route - Ward 5 East Livingston and East Calder (PDF, 7.21mb)
- Gritting Route - Ward 6 Fauldhouse and the Breich Valley (PDF, 3.27mb)
- Gritting Route - Ward 7 Whitburn and Blackburn (PDF, 3.77mb)
- Gritting Route - Ward 8 Bathgate (PDF, 2939kb)
- Gritting Route - Ward 9 Armadale and Blackridge (PDF, 2.85mb)
Frequently Asked Questions
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The council does not provide salt or grit for private use, but if we have surplus, we may consider giving you a quote for providing you with salt/grit.
The Council receive daily detailed forecasts from the Met Office which are used along with data from weather stations throughout the region to decide what precautionary treatment action is required, in which area.
Priority routes are given extended winter maintenance coverage, treated before non-priority routes, and kept open or opened up in preference to non-priority routes during prolonged snow conditions. Auxiliary Routes are at a higher altitude than the rest of the network, more prone to icing and more lightly trafficked than priority routes. Non-priority routes are gritted after priority routes are completed and only dealt with after priority/auxiliary routes have been satisfactorily cleared during prolonged snow conditions. Adopted footways are categorised into priority and non-priority routes. Priority footways are main thoroughfares in towns and larger villages. Other footways are treated on completion of priority routes.
It is not possible to treat all roads/streets/footpaths at the same time. Those roads/streets/footpaths for which the Council has a statutory duty to maintain are prioritised and the higher priority routes are treated first. In times of severe weather conditions some lower priority roads/streets/footpaths may not receive treatment for many days due to multiple treatments required on higher priority roads.