Latest Winter News


November 24th 2021


- New names sought for Winter Gritting fleet -

Amey, the company responsible for maintaining the motorway and trunk road network in south-west Scotland, have unveiled their Winter Service Plan for 2021 to 2022, which it operates on behalf of Transport Scotland. Amey’s Winter Service will operate until 16th May 2022.

To prepare for this Winter, Amey have amassed 25,000 tonnes of road salt, 231,000 litre of Brine and 50,000 litres of Potassium Acetate, overseen by 10 Winter Service Duty Officers (WSDO), providing a 24/7 presence on the network. A new, 17,500 tonne capacity Salt Barn at Amey’s Polmadie depot will provide increased resilience in tackling adverse weather conditions across the network. (See construction of the new salt barn in the video below)

The Winter Service is comprised of 27 Frontline Routes, 15 Patrol Routes and 12 Footway Routes (requiring 197km of winter treatment). The service is delivered by 56 Econ gritters and snowploughs, 16 new footpath gritters, 12 tractors and 115 Highways Operatives. Winter Patrol vehicles are equipped with the latest Mobile Condition Monitoring Equipment and are fitted with Dash Cams. In addition, an innovative liquid brine solution is being used on all our roads and footpaths, to provide a more effective clearance of ice and snow.

More details of NMC SW Winter Services can be found here


Following last winter’s popular gritter-naming appeal, which led to over 2,000 names being suggested by the Scottish public, a new naming appeal is being run this year, with entries being accepted between Monday 13th December 2021 until Monday 17th January 2022, when the shortlist of names and the winners will be announced. The newly named gritters will join such classics as “Sir Grits Hoy”, “Yes Sir, Ice Can Boogie”, “Skid Vicious” and “Sweet Child O’ Brine”.

Scotland’s tradition of coming up with inventive and fun names for their gritter fleet has gone viral on social media and made headlines around the world. Amey’s south-west fleet, with their distinctive bright orange livery attracted the attention of IRN-BRU®, with gritter “Grits You Thru” joining the winter fleet in January 2021. This year, another iconic Scottish treat has joined the fleet with staff at family-run bakery Tunnock’s selecting a gritter name. This name will be unveiled on 13th December, to coincide with the launch of the public naming appeal.

Gritter names can be submitted to Amey online from Monday 13th December 2021 via a page on the NMC SW website.  Our gritters can be followed on our Facebook and Twitter channels and will appear live on the Traffic Scotland Gritter Tracker.  

The website will once again be hosting an online Santa’s Grotto, which features fun festive activities for young people, including colouring-in sheets, quizzes and things to make and do. The grotto can be found here


To support the travelling public, a free Winter Road Alerts service is available, providing real-time updates on weather-related incidents on the network. An email address is all that is required to sign up for this service.

Our full NMC SW Winter Plan can be found on the Transport Scotland website.

  • A free Road Work Alerts service is available from our website: An email address is all that is required to sign up for the service.
  • To report a problem on the network please visit here.
  • Real-time journey information can be obtained by visiting Traffic Scotland or via Twitter: @TrafficScotland