Gritting and Winter Maintenance

In the winter months, West Lothian Council has to treat 1,000 km of roads and around 1,280 km of footways to combat the effects of bad weather. Further information, including advice on winter driving can be found below.

About our Winter Service

Our Winter Service normally operates from 31 October until 1 April. It is important to appreciate that it is not possible to treat all routes simultaneously.

In this view, the council must adopt a priority system to ensure that the treatment is targeted to areas of greatest need first. 

The Council's Winter Service Policy

The Council`s Winter Service Policy has classified specific roads and footpaths within West Lothian as either a Primary or Secondary gritting route, not all roads and footpaths are gritted.

Secondary routes are further broken down into Levels 1, 2 and 3

We cannot treat every road or footpath, we just don't have the resources, so we must prioritise those that have been agreed with elected members.

Gritting Routes

View information on all gritting routes in West Lothian.

Gritting Route and Winter Maintenance Enquiries

Should you have any enquiries relating to Gritting Routes or Winter Maintenance. Please use our online form.

Treatment of Routes

Where possible, we aim to treat, with grit, major roads and important bus routes prior to the formation of ice. We operate this service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when necessary. Once these primary routes have been treated, we treat secondary routes such as those in housing estates and rural areas. (Information in relation to the M8 and M9 motorway is detailed below).


We also deal with footways on a priority basis. In ice and snow conditions footways leading to schools, hospitals, health centres, shopping areas and where there is heavy pedestrian movement are treated first. Main routes to residential areas follow, with internal footways in housing areas being treated as resources permit.

In addition we provide over 1,885 grit bins, which are positioned throughout West Lothian for use by members of the public.

Grit Bins

You can request a grit bin to be refilled, request a a replacement grit bin where it is missing, damaged or broken, or request a grit bin where one isn't present, using our online form.

Winter Information

Service Standards - We will:

  • Publish our winter maintenance policy, including treatment priorities and level of service, each year prior to the start of winter maintenance operations (details of our winter maintenance policy are provided in a guidance note);
  • Carry out gritting and snow clearing operations on public roads and footpaths in accordance with published policy;
  • Provide new grit bins in streets which meet the required criteria; and
  • Fill grit bins on receipt of a request as resources allow, or following periods of severe weather.

Contact Details - For policy on route priorities, requests for new grit bin or refills, general information/comments on service provision - 01506 280000 (24 hour contact number)

M8 and M9 Motorway maintenance

Customers who wish to report new road defects, gritting issues, potholes, litter etc. on the M8 and M9 trunk roads should contact Amey via the following details:

The contract to maintain the M8 and M9 Motorways, slip roads and overbridges was awarded by Transport Scotland to Amey in August 2014 for a period of 6 years with an option to extend up to a maximum of eight years (Previously these trunk roads were maintained by BEAR Scotland).

You can request a grit bin to be refilled, request a a replacement grit bin where it is missing, damaged or broken, or request a grit bin where one isn't present, using the online form below.
Should you discover any issues with festive lighting, please report them using our online form below.
Please use the online form below should you have any gritting route or winter maintenance enquiries.