Gritting Priorities

Every adopted road, footway and cycle track have been assigned a Priority for gritting and ploughing - these can be found within Appendices C, D and E of the Winter Operational Plan

Listed below are the priorities defined in Part 1 of the plan. You can also view gritting and ploughing routes in our Winter Operational Plan.


Obviously it is not possible to treat every road at the same time so priority routes have been established. There are 18 Priority 1 gritter routes, covering some 46% of the council road network. A and B class roads, including main public service bus routes are treated first, followed by secondary routes between small communities and then access routes to isolated communities. All other routes will be treated subject to the resources available.

If we receive an adverse weather forecast, we will consider pre-treating Priority 1 routes to prevent the formation of ice, or to make the clearing of snow or ice from the surface of the road less difficult.

Please note: Trunk Roads (A96 and A95 Keith to Aviemore) are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and are maintained by BEAR (Scotland) Ltd on their behalf. 

Priority 1 (Main Routes) Covered between 6am - 9pm Monday to Sunday and on public holidays.
Priority 2 Secondary routes between small communities or within larger communities. Covered between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, after Priority 1 have been opened to traffic.
Priority 3 Access roads to isolated communities in rural areas or link roads in urban areas. Covered between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, after Priority 1 and 2 have been opened to
Priority 4 Local access roads, service roads and minor roads in urban areas. Covered between 8am and 6pm Monday to Saturday, after all higher priority routes have been opened to traffic.
Priority 5 Private (un-adopted) and privately maintained roads are treated only in emergencies.


Footway and Cycle Track Priorities

Like roads, footways and cycle tracks are categorised into priority routes, with priority given to those which carry the greatest number of pedestrians, these will include town centres and where other major medical or community facilities are situated.

Pre-treatment of footways and cycle tracks will not be carried out.

Some useful advice for members of the public who wish to clear the footway in front of their property can be found on the Scottish Government’s website.

Priority 1 (Heavily Trafficked Routes) Covered between 9am - 5pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays as required.

Priority 2 and 3


All other footways and cycle tracks in our area will be considered to have a lower priority although again priority will be given to the more heavily trafficked routes.  These routes will be treated when conditions are severe enough to prevent the passage of pedestrians for a considerable period of time and where it is considered, in the light of prevailing weather forecasts, that the conditions might be expected to persist


Time Scales

Unfortunately, due to the reactive nature of our workload due to the weather, we are unable to give a clear indication as to when a road, footpath or cycle track will be cleared.

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