Falkirk roads: Where is safe to travel

Picture: Michael Gillen
Picture: Michael Gillen

With dangerous road conditions continuing due to extreme weather, Falkirk Council have made sure priority roads remain gritted.

A statement on their website said: “Resources have been targeted towards clearing the large and lengthy snow drifts that have accumulated today, as well as the clearance of snow from priority footways across the Council area.

“Conditions have again challenged us in our work. Many abandoned vehicles caught up in snow drifts have made our job extremely difficult.”

Falkirk Council have also thanked external contractors who have assisted with large ploughs.

However, the Council also said: “Even with this there are still many people expecting us to clear snow from lesser residential housing roads and minor roads and this is not possible at this time - it is likely that we will not get to priority three and four roads until the beginning of the week.

“There are still many strategic roads that are not clear of snow and communities that are cut off:

A905 Bothkennar junction to Glensburgh is now clear however, A905.

Bothkennar junction to South Bellsdyke Roundabout is not passable. There is a mechanical excavator working here at this time.

A905 north of Airth to Council boundary. Snow drifts are being cleared by 2 mechanical excavators. Abandoned vehicles are being negotiated around and making work difficult for the contractors working there.

B818 Fankerton to Water Treatment Works – a mechanical excavator has been working here all day and the road is now passable by traffic.

B803 Falkirk to Slamannan – road not passable from Falkirk to Darnrigg Road junction.

B825 Limerigg to Slamannan remains impassable – JCB has been working to clear snow but further work is required.

B8022 Avonbridge to Slamannan road remains impassable – JCB has been working to clear snow but further work is required.

Standrigg Road (California to Maddiston) - not passable due to drifting snow.

8028 Shieldhill to California Road is just passable. An abandoned vehicle and drifting snow is making passage very difficult. Mechanical excavator should be on site by 3:30pm.

Avon Gorge clear, however there is some drifting between Bowhouse Rbt and Gorge itself.

Whitecross to A803 – drifting snow is causing some problems.

Polmonthill near ski slope – road not passable – too dangerous for a gritter to attend alone – awaiting mechanical excavator.

Champany to Blackness – conditions very poor due to drifting. A local farmer is assisting in snow clearance work.

Drove Loan, Denny – road closed due to drifting snow.

Mill Road/Roughlands, Carronshore – road closed due to drifting snow.”

Many routes have one lane clear only and it is not possible for vehicles to pass each other.

According to Police Scotland, conditions remain very challenging and they continue to urge people not to travel in the affected areas.