Get Ready for Winter 2019/20

Winter 2019/2020


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We work to keep trunk road network users safe while driving in severe weather conditions and to ensure that delays are minimised and accidents are prevented.

Snow and ice can cause disruption and increase the risks to pedestrians and motorists in winter.  Amey works closely with Transport Scotland and Traffic Scotland to keep these vital trunk roads clear and well-maintained in all weathers.

There are a few simple steps to be prepared no matter what the winter weather brings...

STEP 1. Sign Up For Our Winter Alerts Service

Our Winter Service alerts keep you up to date with the latest news and changes on our network during the winter period. The winter alerts work exactly the same way as our regular Roadwork Alerts, and if you are already registered for our alerts, then it's just a case of logging into your account and adding Winter Service to your list.

It only takes a couple of minutes to sign up, click on the video below to find out how:

...and tell all your friends and family! You can sign up here!

STEP 2: Access Traffic Scotland Winter Info

Traffic Scotland provides a range of services to help you plan your journey and ensure you stay safe while travelling.

These include:

  • Live information updates using data from intelligent systems and information provided by its partners
  • Full integration with the Met Office, providing weather information in real-time
  • A large network of viewable Live Traffic Cameras and weather stations
  • Traveline App for Android, iPhone, Windows and BlackBerry
  • Treatment maps, displaying where and when treatments will be carried out, uploaded on a daily basis
  • A 24/7, real-time, Twitter service - @TrafficScotland
  • The Traffic Scotland Internet Radio Service, providing three broadcasts each hour during the peak
  • The Multi-Agency Response Team*, ensuring any changes to the severity or area affected by the severe weather can be updated and provided to the public without delay.
  • A severe weather information strategy, delivered in association with Police, to warn and inform road users when significant disruption to the road network is expected during extreme weather
  • Increasing levels of personalisation, targeting specific road users and keeping them informed of winter actions and severe weather events applicable to them

Winter FAQ: A Gritter Driver's Perspective

Luke Kidd, a Highways Operative, working on the Scottish South-East Trunk Roads network talks about the challenges of his job during the winter period.

Planning your journey

When travelling in winter we suggest you take time to carefully plan your journey before you set out.

There are some simple steps you can take to help prepare for a winter journey:

  • Check the weather forecast and road conditions
  • You can get live updates from the Traffic Scotland website and on social media - @trafficscotland
  • Traveline Scotland has information on all public transport services across Scotland - @TravelineScot
  • Pay attention to any Police warnings about potential hazards or black spots
  • Dress appropriately for winter weather – clothing and footwear - and carry a winter emergency kit in your vehicle
  • The emergency kit should include de-icer, a scraper, torch, fresh batteries, snow shovel, blanket, hot flask, first aid kit, battery jump leads and maps
  • If the weather is severe or warnings are in place about predicted hazardous weather conditions consider if your journey is necessary
  • Could your journey be delayed till weather and/or road conditions improve
  • If possible, consider alternative routes
  • If possible consider alternative forms of transport
  • Ensure you allow extra time for your journey
  • Ensure your vehicle is equipped to handle poor weather conditions
  • Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged
  • Inform others of your destination and anticipated arrival time
  • Consider fitting winter tyres or snow socks to your vehicle
  • TyreSafe can provide information and advice on tyre safety - @Tyresafe



12th February

The Queensferry Crossing has reopened after being closed since Monday evening because of falling ice.

We thank drivers for their patience and understanding during this closure.

11th February

A statement has been issued by the Transport Minister providing an update on the Queensferry Crossing closure. It can be viewed here

10th February

The Queensferry Crossing is closed to all traffic until further notice, as a safety precaution due to a risk of ice and snow falling from the cables.

Diversion - via A985 to Kincardine Bridge, M9, and the reverse for northbound traffic.

9th January

It is currently snowing heavily on the A7, A68 and A702. 16 Frontline gritters and 11 Patrol vehicles are in operation clearing and treating, and tractors have been deployed to higher ground to reinforce them.

If travelling today, please allow extra time for your journey, check your speed and drive to the conditions. Stay safe.

Sign up for our Winter Alerts service and check in with @TrafficScotland on Twitter for real-time travel conditions across Scotland.

8th January

There is a forecast of snow and icy conditions across the South-East Trunk Road network for 9th January. Please take extra care if travelling and drive to the conditions.

We have 16 Frontline and 11 Patrol vehicles in operation tonight and tomorrow and they will stay out from 2am onwards on key routes. There will be salt treatments of up to 40g on higher ground and other at-risk roads.

Sign up for our Winter Alerts service and check in with @TrafficScotland on Twitter for real-time travel conditions across Scotland.

Please stay safe.

Dr Mike's Lab: The Science of Snow
Click on the video below to watch our junior scientists in action.
One of the first vehicles acknowledged as a 'Gritter' was designed in 1862 in Milwaukee, USA. It was a horse & cart pulling a 'plough' through the snow.
Follow the link below to read more info about early gritters: in

Winter Service Manager Responsibilities:

  • Ice prediction and weather forecasting service, including sensor calibration
  • Collection and management of weather data
  • Winter service decision making
  • Plant and communications
  • De-icing material stock levels and storage
  • Staff and Operative training and rosters
  • Inspection and maintenance of winter hardware
  • Maintaining records
  • Daily and annual reporting

Pictured: Radio Forth's Boogie & Arlene with Amey Winter Service Manager Nick Russell, at the unveiling of "Sir Salter Scott", named by Forth listeners.


The Multi-Agency Response Team

Transport Scotland works closely with the police, Operating Companies and other key stakeholders to prepare for winter.

The Scottish Multi Agency Response Team (MART) works to improve the quality and timing of transport information and co-ordinates the flow of information to the between agencies and the public.

A Met Office representative ensures any changes to the severity or area affected by severe weather can be updated and provided to the public.

MART representatives are from:

  • Traffic Scotland
  • Transport Scotland
  • Met Office
  • Scotland TranServ (South West Operating Company)
  • Amey (South East Operating Company)
  • BEAR Scotland (North West and North East Operating Company)
  • First Scotrail
  • Network Rail
  • Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT)
  • Police Scotland
  • Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS)
  • Collaboration with the Met Office and Police Scotland helps us develop specific Road Travel Weather messages.