This year Surrey County Council plans to trial a new mini all-terrain vehicle to tackle snow in places ordinary gritters just cannot reach.
Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “This is a new departure for us to try so we can get to those hard to reach places across Surrey.”
Surrey has been preparing for months to help keep the county’s road network moving in ice and snow.
A fleet of trucks has been making deliveries to take salt stocks up to nearly 17,000 tonnes from last winter’s 13,000 tonnes.
More than 40 gritters are standing by at depots including Merrow, near Guildford, Witley, Bagshot and Godstone to keep Surrey moving in the event of snow and ice.
The mountain of salt will allow the county council to regularly treat around 110 extra miles of road – the equivalent of nearly 5,300 extra miles of gritting runs across an average winter.
It has also allowed the council to double the amount of grit available for borough and district councils to spread in town centres to 40 tonnes each.
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Notes for editors
The council has launched a twitter feed in partnership with BBC Surrey to provide residents with updates on gritting activity, roadworks, road closures and traffic information. It can be found @surreytravel.
Further information on the council’s winter operation can be found at www.surreycc.gov.uk/highwaysinfo.