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Gritting routes

Our Winter Service Plan clearly sets out our priorities for gritting and maintenance. During the winter months daily decisions on what action is needed are made based on detailed weather forecasts and the monitoring data provided by our weather service provider. Forecasts are received at 7am, 12pm and 7pm daily.  

The East Ayrshire road network has two domains:

  • North domain  - former Kilmarnock and Loudoun area
  • South domain  - former Cumnock and Doon Valley area

Each domain has been prioritised as shown in the table below. You can download the priority routes under further information and also view gritting priority routes via our online mapping.

Winter service road priorities

 Priority Description

  Priority 1 routes


Strategic Routes and Main Distributor Routes, ie all 'A' class roads such as the A70, A71, A77, A713, A735, A736, A759 and A719.

Safe and reliable access to emergency facilities including:

  • fire and rescue
  • police
  • ambulance services and hospitals
  • other public services (schools, health centres etc)
  • access to towns and villages
  • routes with high percentage of school traffic
  • designated public transport routes
  • access to main industrial and business centres

  Priority 2 routes

Secondary distributor roads, including B and C class roads not included on Priority 1 routes, local distributor roads in residential areas.

  Priority 3 and 4 routes

Local access roads in residential and industrial areas, minor rural through routes.

Note - due to the nature of road layouts and the criteria used to determine priorities, parts of some of the named roads will not be treated as a priority.

Daily gritting schedule

You can view the latest forecast provided by our weather service provider and the latest treatment decision taken by us| which is updated daily. You will find the following information via this link:

  • general headline and the confidence of it occurring
  • general synopsis of the weather forecast for the forthcoming 24 hour period
  • actions to be taken by East Ayrshire Council
  • routes to be treated
  • proposed timings of these treatments.


Contact Information

Roads and Transportation Services
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street
East Ayrshire
Telephone: 01563 503160
Page last updated on16 October 2013
  • Winter
  • Maintenance
  • Gritting
  • Carriageway
  • Road
  • Priority
  • Priorities.