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Keeping Surrey moving in ice and snow

With temperatures expected to stay close to freezing for the next few days following Friday’s snow, Surrey County Council is continuing to make every effort to tackle the snow and ice.

Residents can find out about services affected on the county council’s website. Individual schools make their own decisions to open or close and all closures are confirmed on the website.

Surrey’s fleet of 39 gritters are continuing to salt roads and they are being supported by a quad bike, an all terrain vehicle and an army of 51 farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs.

The council stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt before the winter to treat roads across the county. This is double the amount needed in an average Surrey winter and 60% more than was used to keep the county moving last season. At the start of winter, the county council’s 1,741 grit bins were filled to help people treat roads and pavements in their communities.

Social workers are ready to battle through snow to make sure vulnerable people are safe but residents have been asked to check on neighbours, friends and family as part of the council’s efforts to spread a message of teamwork.

Residents can find further local information on the Surrey Alert website. Traffic updates are available on the BBC’s website and the council is running a twitter feed to provide updates on gritting activity, roadworks, road closures and traffic information.

Surrey leader David Hodge said: “Getting through any severe winter weather requires us all to play our part.

“The county council has been planning for months to make sure it helps to keep the road network moving as much as possible, continues providing services to the most vulnerable and carries on providing grit for residents to spread in their community.

“But the truth is we cannot do everything. If residents and communities support us, things will be much better for the county as a whole.

“If residents help us by looking out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and clearing snow away around their own properties, things will hopefully be much easier for everyone. Likewise, if local businesses get together to prepare for the winter, they will no doubt limit the impact of any severe weather.”

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