FIFE Council is ready for winter and is "committed to keeping the Kingdom moving", the local authority has claimed.

The council says work has been progessing since the summer to ensure everything is in place to handle the drop in temperature, icy road conditions and potential snowfall.

Councillor Altany Craik, convener of the Economy, Tourism, Strategic Planning & Transportation Committee, explained: “The council has been planning ahead for winter since the summer months to ensure that everything is in place and our gritting teams are once again ready to go out and keep Fife moving through the winter months.

“The council’s winter fleet includes 29 vehicles ready to treat Fife’s roads and a further 60 vehicles which can be used during severe conditions, including 30 small footpath tractors capable of clearing and salting footpaths.

“This year we have taken a delivery of 13,000 tonnes of salt, bringing our current stock level to 21,500 and we will take in an additional 3,500 tonnes during the winter period.

“When weather is extremely bad, we can deploy several hundred extra personnel to work on the road network and we also have arrangements for external resources, plant and equipment. By taking these steps, we aim to keep Fife’s roads safe during the winter.

“As always during this period, key staff will be working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep our road network open. Of course, it’s also important for Fifers to make sure they know where to find the information they need ahead of any severe weather.”