Capital ready for winter weather warning

Edinburgh is geared up for snow and freezing temperatures forecast this week.

With amber warnings for snow issued by the Met Office for Wednesday and Thursday, plans are underway to minimise disruptions.

The city’s Road Services have been out night and day treating and monitoring priority routes, while the Council’s severe winter weather tactical response team are on standby should a weather emergency strike. Snow ploughs will also be utilised in the event of snow drifts.

Transport and Environment Convener, Councillor Lesley Macinnes, said: “As we have been throughout the winter, we’re well prepared for whatever the weather has to throw at us. Since last autumn we’ve had 30 gritting lorries on hand to treat the roads and almost 100 staff working three shifts to help keep the city moving, as well as 54 volunteers from across the Council ready to step in.

“We’ve been closely monitoring the forecasts for this week and have already been out gritting lower priority routes, while our night shift has been treating priority one roads and pavements, helping to make sure the public can get from A to B as safely as possible. We will continue to respond to snow, frost and ice, following warnings and updates from the Met Office.

“We do everything we can to deal with Edinburgh’s notoriously unpredictable weather, and there are times when rain and freezing temperatures in quick succession will render previously-laid grit less effective. In these circumstances, and throughout the cold snap, I would encourage the public to take great care of themselves and others, particularly vulnerable neighbours, making use of the thousands of grit bins across the Capital to treat local areas where they can.”

The 939 miles of roads plus additional pavements and cycle routes in Edinburgh are treated on a priority basis, with important principal roads, bus routes and roads and pavements leading to hospitals, care homes, schools and fire stations amongst the highest priority.
 
The public can find out about priority road, cycle path and pavement gritting routes by visiting the Council website’s live winter weather pages which include an interactive map so that residents can locate their nearest salt bin.
 
If and when severe weather strikes, the Council will use its social media channels, website and local radio stations to keep residents updated on any impact on services.

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