A quad bike gritter is the latest weapon in Surrey County Council’s armoury to tackle ice and snow this winter. The four-wheeler is being used on a trial basis to grit roads and clear snow at the same time in places ordinary trucks cannot go.
Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “As part of our campaign to keep Surrey moving this winter, we’re trialling with our contractor May Gurney this quad bike to get to those difficult to reach areas.”
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The vehicle features a plough on the front and a container on the back to spread grit.
Surrey has been preparing for months to help keep the county’s road network moving in severe winter weather.
Deliveries from a fleet of trucks has taken salt stocks up to nearly 17,000 tonnes from last winter’s 13,000 tonnes.
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.
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.