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Surrey welcomes extra funding for Thames defences

The news that the government is increasing funding for the River Thames Scheme by £60 million was today welcomed by Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Flooding Recovery John Furey.

Surrey welcomes rail plan

Following a report by Network Rail about improving rail services from Waterloo, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport John Furey said: “It’s awful feeling like a sardine packed into a train carriage. These plans are good news for Surrey’s commuters and economy. They include electrifying the North Downs Line, more platforms and ways to ease bottlenecks, all … Continue reading

County council ready for winter

New hi-tech weather forecasts will give Surrey drivers even better protection from ice and snow this winter. Surrey County Council is introducing route-specific forecasts that focus on which roads will be coldest and need advance salting rather than whole areas. The new forecasts are being introduced on the 11 priority gritting routes with one of … Continue reading

Surrey bids for £27 million flood defence improvements

Surrey County Council has bid for £27 million from Whitehall to improve local flood defences. The council has asked for the money to better protect residents across the county from a repeat of last winter’s floods. Below is a video of John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Flooding Recovery, outlining the bid which … Continue reading

Surrey echoes Public Accounts Committee’s call for better roads funding

Following this week’s report by the Public Accounts Committee calling for the Department for Transport to improve its planning and investment in Britain’s roads, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, John Furey, said: “The Public Accounts Committee is right to highlight the inadequacy of Whitehall funding for councils and the need to be efficient … Continue reading

£4m saved from roads overhaul but funding pressures still exist

A drive to make more Surrey roads pothole-proof has saved taxpayers £4m in one year – but the county council has warned Surrey still faces a highways funding gap of around £60m from Whitehall. One year into its push to upgrade 300 miles of road with 10-year repair guarantees, the council has saved £4.4m through … Continue reading

Three more councils joining crackdown on roadworks congestion

Surrey’s initiative to ease the pain of congestion is set to stretch 130 miles once three councils join. As Bracknell Forest prepares to join the roadworks permit scheme launched by Surrey and East Sussex county councils, West Berkshire and Wokingham are just waiting for their applications to be rubber-stamped. Once all three are on board, … Continue reading

Road repair software to save time and £100,000 a year

Surrey is set to get Google Street View-style software which will speed up road improvements and save taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds. The county council is expected to save at least £100,000 and thousands of manpower hours per year when it becomes one of the first local authorities to introduce the software. Highways teams … Continue reading

Walton Bridge up for third major award

A major bridge that carries thousands of Surrey commuters a day could win its third top award in a row. Surrey County Council’s Walton Bridge has been shortlisted for the British Construction Industry awards, weeks after winning twice from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). The £32 million road bridge carries 35,000 commuter cars a … Continue reading

County council gets £3.8 million to fix flood-damaged roads

Surrey County Council has welcomed a £3.8m Government boost towards its £23m repair bill to fix flood-damaged roads. The council has already fixed 36,000 potholes this year after the winter floods, and this extra Government cash would cover the cost of fixing another 78,000. Last month Surrey announced its £23m action plan to repair flood-damaged … Continue reading

New streetlights save enough energy to power Bagshot for year

New smart streetlights have already saved enough energy to power almost every home in Bagshot for a year. All 88,000 streetlights have now been replaced or upgraded by Surrey County Council as part of one of Britain’s biggest roll-outs of energy-efficient technology. The project, which has been completed a year ahead of schedule, has swapped … Continue reading

Longer-term road repairs strategy launched

A five-year roads repair project that saved £3 million through better planning has inspired a new longer-term strategy to improving Surrey’s streets. At a meeting on Tuesday, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet adopted the longer-term planning approach used in Operation Horizon so that all road maintenance is better and saves taxpayers’ money.

Walton Bridge scoops major engineering award

A major bridge that carries thousands of Surrey commuters a day has won a prestigious award. Surrey County Council’s new Walton Bridge was among the winners at a ceremony held last night by the Institution of Civil Engineers to celebrate the best projects in the industry. The bridge, which was the first new Thames crossing … Continue reading

Congestion-busting permit scheme gets business backing

A congestion-busting scheme to cut the pain of delays and boost the economy has received backing from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Surrey County Council took control of who digs roadworks, where and when last year with the launch of a permit scheme. It means roads are dug up and closed less often, cutting hold-ups and … Continue reading

Flood-damaged Surrey roads to get £23 million repair fund

Surrey County Council is to spend £23 million on repairing flood-damaged roads and bridges, Leader David Hodge announced today. For more details, see the video below:  

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