Winter service route increased

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LAST Thursday Dumfries and Galloway councillors agreed revisions to the carriageway Winter Service Routes in the region.

This Local Public Road Network route review was part of a number of improvements to the Winter Service Operations over the past few years. One of the main carriageway assessment factors reviewed was routes to schools. This has led to an increase in the length of the school bus network to be treated.

The length of Primary Treatment Route Network has increased by 115km to a total of 1500km and the Secondary Treatment Route Network has increased by 157km to a total of 752km.

Councillor Roger Grant, Chair of Planning, Housing and Environment Services Committee, said: “It was a challenge to complete the Winter Service Route Review in such a short space of time. I am pleased to see an increase in the length of treatment to school bus routes because this has been of concern to parents and bus companies – especially over the previous two harsh winters.”

The new winter treatment routes will start on Thursday 26th January to coincide with shift changes for Winter Service staff.

Members of the public are directed to the council website at www.dumgal.gov.uk/winter where the new route plans are available. Composite plans will be available to view at Customer Service Centres and at Local Libraries.