Salt supplies in Scotland have been boosted with the delivery of 4,000t of salt for use on roads in the north east.
The delivery to Balmedie in Aberdeenshire this week will be supplemented with further deliveries of around 8,000t due to arrive over the next two weeks. The new stock will be held for use by roads authorities in the area.
Announcing the deliveries, Scottish transport minister Keith Brown said: “Last December we faced the second coldest month since records began, and we remain prepared as these salt deliveries this week demonstrate.
“Across Scotland we have almost 506,300t in stock and on order, compared to the 417,000t used for the three months up to the end of December.
“We are therefore confident that our resilience planning will ensure that we get through the winter together, by doing everything we can to minimise disruption to keep the north east moving.”
In December, a winter resilience audit for England, conducted by David Quarmby, found that highways authorities “may find it challenging” to meet a large demand for road salt for the rest of the winter.