FIFE Council has claimed that "everything is in place" with gritting teams "ready to go out and keep Fife moving through the winter months".

Lower temperatures saw gritters on the road on November 3 to spread the first load of grit this winter on all primary routes across the Kingdom.

Fife Council's roads spokesperson councillor Altany Craik 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 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 salt, bringing our current stock level to 21,500 tonnes and we will add a further 3000 tonnes during the winter period.

“When weather is extremely bad, we can deploy additional personnel from other parts of the council 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.”

If you need any emergency help during the winter months, Fife Council can be contacted on: 03451 550011 from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm (Option 3 for Transportation/Road Faults).

Alternatively, call 03451 550099 between 6pm to 8am on weekdays, at weekends and on public holidays.

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