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Motorists to get road gritting updates on Twitter

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Motorists can receive web updates this winter about roads that have been gritted.

A ‘gritter Twitter’ service has been launched on the social networking site by Surrey County Council and BBC Surrey.

The feed, that can be found at www.twitter.com/surreytravel, provides regular updates on gritting activity together with traffic information, weather conditions and road closures.

It follows the success of the council’s gritting updates on Twitter during last winter’s ice and snow.

Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake said: “We’ve been planning for months to keep Surrey’s road networking moving as much as possible during a prolonged cold snap and these gritting updates will tell people where we’ve been and when.

“Often we are in bed while our gritting teams are busy making sure roads are as safe as possible and, by providing the latest information on roads that have been treated and weather conditions, we can help people plan their journey.”

The Twitter service is one of a range of measures to tackle any severe winter weather. These include increasing the amount of salt stockpiled to nearly 17,000 tonnes from last winter’s 13,000 and filling up 1,743 grit bins so residents can treat roads and pavements in their communities.

In addition, around 110 extra miles of road will be regularly treated – the equivalent of nearly 5,300 extra miles of gritting runs across an average winter – and 40 tonnes of salt has been made available to Surrey’s borough and district councils to spread in town centres.

For updates on all county news, including stories on how Surrey is preparing for winter , follow us on Twitter @surreynews

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For more information, please contact senior media relations officer Kevin Richardson on 0208 541 7267 or email kevin.richardson@surreycc.gov.uk.

Notes for editors

Further information on the council’s winter preparations can be found at www.surreycc.gov.uk/highwaysinfo.

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