ERC roads staff show true grit

East Ren Council gritter being loaded
East Ren Council gritter being loaded

A crew of 30 road workers driving nine grit lorries are going to be busy keeping East Renfrewshire moving this winter.

And the ‘winter watch’ team will be helped out by workers from the parks and cleansing squad who’ll be spreading salt on footpaths to ensure pedestrians are also safe.

The workers operate on a rota and will be available on standby 24/7 until May with more than 4,500 tonnes of salt and 500 tonnes of grit stockpiled and available to hit the roads and footpaths of the area.

They will also keep topping up the 319 street bins and 17 larger community bins located across the area to help residents help themselves.

East Renfrewshire has 475km of roads. That’s enough to go from here to Edinburgh and back three times. 313km of which is treated as priority routes.

And the team is primed for action as soon as there is notice of severe weather from the dedicated weather forecasting service. The road’s service focus is to ensure priority roads are gritted so that locals can access key services. Unfortunately because resources are fully committed to current routes and grit bins, ERC will decline any request for new grit bin locations or additional streets to be added to their priority gritting routes.

The gritting priorities include: main ‘A’ roads, access to fire stations, bus routes to schools, main bus routes, and routes to local employment areas.

Cllr Tony Buchanan, East Renfrewshire convener for infrastructure and sustainable growth said: “During winter weather our priority has to be to ensure main roads and bus routes are clear, safe access to fire stations is provided, and access to our schools is made as straightforward for residents as possible. It is impossible to grit every street and pavement in the area, and our service already covers a larger area of roads than almost every other council in Scotland. Priority routes and grit bin locations are listed on the roads and gritting page of the council web site

“Please remember that although we aim to provide the best possible service, we cannot guarantee that all roads will always be completely free of ice and snow. Some roads carry such high volumes of traffic that congestion occurs at peak periods.”