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Gritter Twitter for winter weather

A ‘gritter Twitter’ service will help motorists plan their journeys during bouts of snow and ice this winter.

Surrey has 16,000 tonnes of salt

The social networking feed, at www.twitter.com/surreytravel, provides updates on gritting activity, weather conditions, road closures and traffic information. It is updated by Surrey County Council, the Highways Agency and BBC Surrey.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Most people are tucked up in bed when our fleet of gritting lorries are out making Surrey’s roads as safe as possible. By tweeting about where the gritters have been and when, we can help people plan their journeys and avoid some of inevitable disruption caused by severe winter weather.”

The ‘gritter Twitter’ has already seen action this winter as falling temperatures have increased the threat of ice forming on roads. Tweets have been made letting people know where the gritting lorries have been.

Surrey County Council and its contractor May Gurney have been planning for months to keep Surrey moving during ice and snow. The huge winter operation involves.

* 16,000 tonnes of salt

* A fleet of 39 gritting lorries ready for action 24/7, equipped with GPS trackers

* Off road 4×4 vehicles to tackle hard to reach places

* An army of farmers primed to treat rural areas

* Thermal mapping of salting routes

* Advanced ice predictions systems fed with information from roadside weather stations.

Check out a video of Surrey’s winter preparations below.

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

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

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Media requiring more information can contact Surrey County Council senior media relations officer James Oxley on 0208 541 7259

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