SCOTLAND'S largest salt barn has opened in Polmadie. 

The large dome had previously been the subject of local speculation when Southsiders saw it appear during the summer. 

Now, the mystery has been revealed.

The huge Southside facility is in prime position to get gritting major routes as the winter sets in.

It will hold around 17,500 tonnes of salt and harvests rain water for use in brine production as well as solar energy to offset the carbon footprint of operations.

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Transport Scotland have assured the public that improvements continue to be made to winter services and have learned lessons from previous years. There are now over 230 gritters across 40 depots and plans for the M8, M74, M77 and M80

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Minister for Transport Graeme Dey said: “Our teams have once again worked hard throughout the year to learn lessons from last year and bring an improved winter service to our trunk road network. We now have Scotland’s largest salt barn to call upon.

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“The relationships between Transport Scotland and key partners, like Police Scotland and the Met Office, will continue to play a vital role, allowing us to respond quickly and effectively to winter weather events.

“I’d also urge motorists to play their part when the worst of the conditions move in. Make sure your vehicle is prepared and plan your journey before you set off."

“While we can’t stop the weather, we can all be prepared for when the worst of the winter conditions move in and help keep Scotland moving.”

Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, Deputy Head of Road Policing Division, has warned drivers to be prepared for winter weather. He said: "This time of year has the potential to cause some disruption to the road network as wintry conditions arrive and we work closely with agencies to support their efforts in keeping motorists moving on Scotland's roads during the winter.

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"Before driving, ensure your vehicle is in good condition and plan ahead, including having an alternative route in case of closures or delays. Transport Scotland, the Met Office and SEPA websites and social media channels have valuable information about weather and road disruptions and we would encourage people to check these sites before setting off on their journey.

"If you do experience wintry conditions on the roads, please slow down and drive to the conditions."

Jon Dutton, Head of Transport at the Met Office, said: “We’re looking forward to working again with Transport Scotland over the winter season and bringing our weather expertise to help prepare for the worst of the winter weather, and keep the trunk network moving. Winters in the UK usually includes a wide variety of weather and this winter looks to be no exception.”