South Scotland

Dumfries and Galloway gritting network plans extended

Plans have been approved to extend winter gritting operations on key local authority roads throughout Dumfries and Galloway.

The council will add 72 miles to the network of routes which are salted first when low temperatures are forecast to affect the region.

The secondary roads network which is treated on a "reactive basis" is also to be extended.

The changes to the winter service plan will come into force in a week's time.

The council's director for planning and environment, Alistair Speedie, said that while motorists still needed to carefully consider the prevailing weather conditions, the extended winter treatment map was significant.

"It is a challenge, but we can't do everything and that is why we must have a plan and a policy," he said.

He said it was important to relay the information on what routes would be treated to the public and key road users like the emergency services and public transport.

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