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County council and Kier plan careers college to train highways workforce

Construction giant Kier and Surrey County Council are on the road to launching a careers college to train their own highways workforce. Plans have been signed off for a construction academy just days after UK Commission for Employment and Skills revealed that the number of positions unfilled through a lack of skills has rocketed by 130% since 2011. That … Continue reading

Gritters keeping Surrey moving

As weather forecasters warn of more cold and icy conditions, the county council’s fleet of gritting lorries continue to keep Surrey moving. The gritters, featuring location trackers and salt spreading monitors, are hitting the road after filling up from the council’s 16,000-tonne stockpile of salt. Thermal maps of all Surrey’s gritting routes show which roads are more … Continue reading

Set the alarm earlier – the rush hour commute lasts up to eight minutes longer than five years ago

Heavy rush hour traffic is forcing Surrey drivers to set the alarm up to eight minutes earlier than five years ago just to get to work on time. A 46-mile morning commute along A roads from Farnham to Redhill took an hour and 55 minutes on average in September 2010. But by this September, motorists … Continue reading

Gritting lorries hit the road

Gritting lorries took to Surrey’s roads over the weekend for the first time since last winter. As temperatures plunged, the county council’s winter operation swung into action with the fleet of hi-tech gritters treating roads county-wide after filling up from the council’s 16,000-tonne stockpile of salt. It came after it was revealed that the council’s … Continue reading

£300 million – the cost of fixing all Surrey’s roads

Fixing all Surrey’s roads today would cost nearly £300 million, the county council has revealed. That is the amount needed to get the whole of the county’s network into a good condition like the roads overhauled in the council’s Operation Horizon project. The estimated £294m cost covers work ranging from full-scale reconstruction to overhauling broken stretches on around … Continue reading

More than 180,000 miles of roads set to miss out on new fund

As car sales accelerated to an all-time September high, it was revealed that more than 180,000 miles of roads nationwide are set to miss out on a new highways fund – despite covering more than 41 times the distance of routes that will benefit. Today’s news that more than 462,000 new cars were registered last month … Continue reading

Compensation claims tumble by almost 75% since launch of drive to build pothole-proof roads

Compensation paid to drivers has tumbled by almost 75% since the launch of a drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof. Cash paid out fell by more than £400,000 during the first two years of the scheme to build 300 miles of roads that come with a 10-year guarantee. In 2012-13 – the year before … Continue reading

London to Sydney and back three times – the distance covered by Surrey’s gritters last winter

As forecasters warn of a bitterly cold and snowy winter, it was revealed that gritting lorries treated 67,000 miles of road to keep Surrey moving last winter. That is the equivalent of travelling from London to Sydney and back three times. With weather experts predicting that El Nino will create weather similar to that of … Continue reading

Thousands of Surrey motorists hit road as summer holidays come to end

Thousands of extra motorists hit Surrey’s roads in the rush hour as the summer holidays end and children return to school, figures reveal. According to the latest county council statistics for 25 roads across Surrey*, traffic rose by more than 13% in September compared to the previous month. They show that an average of nearly 37,000 vehicles … Continue reading

Drive to overhaul roads saves £7 million

A drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof has also saved taxpayers more than £7 million. The second year of a scheme to replace more than 300 miles of road with surfaces that come with a 10-year repair guarantee saved £3.1m through smarter contracts and recycling. When added to the £4.1m saved in the first … Continue reading

‘Don’t let new roads fund bypass Surrey’ – county urges Government

Surrey County Council has written to the Government’s Roads Minister calling for action to prevent the county’s roads missing out on a new highways fund. John Furey, Surrey’s Cabinet Member for Highways, wrote to Andrew Jones MP after the county revealed a new dedicated roads fund was not set to be spent on any of the … Continue reading

BBC interview John Furey about Surrey’s call for share of Budget roads cash

Listen to Cabinet Member for Highways John Furey telling BBC Surrey presenter James Cannon that the council is calling for the government to act so the county benefits from a new dedicated roads fund announced in the latest Budget. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

Call for Surrey to share in Budget roads bonanza

Surrey is calling on the Government to act so the county sees the benefit from a new dedicated roads fund announced in George Osborne’s latest Budget. Fears were raised that more than 3,300 miles managed by the county will miss out on the fund from Vehicle Excise Duty despite Surrey drivers contributing more than £100m* … Continue reading

Surrey set to get 819 more pothole-proof roads

Surrey County Council has revealed the 819 pothole-proof roads that are due to be built over the next three years. A total of 177 roads have been lined up to be reconstructed this financial year as part of the council’s Operation Horizon project. Laid end to end with the 143 miles already resurfaced they would … Continue reading

Potholes repaired at rate of nearly one a minute in blitz on winter repairs

Almost 30,000 potholes have been fixed in Surrey at a rate of nearly one a minute in the first four months of the year. The county council launched the blitz to tackle repairs caused by cold and wet winter weather With the help of two hi-tech Jetpatcher machines, 29,980 potholes and other defects were fixed by … Continue reading

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