Improving our roads, Transport

London to Bangkok – the distance covered by Surrey’s gritters


Surrey County Council’s fleet of gritting lorries treated more than 10,000 miles of road over four days, which is further than driving from London to Bangkok.

The winter operation kicked into high gear on Friday morning as snow blanketed the county. From then, until the early hours of Monday the fleet covered 10,184 miles of road, which is further than the 8,035 miles it takes to drive to the Thai capital Bangkok.

During that same period, workers involved in the front line operation, including gritter lorry drivers, hand gritting crews and quad bike riders, worked a combined 1,774 hours throughout the 24/7 operation.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “Surrey’s gritters and ploughs have been out around the clock helping to make roads as safe as possible. Much of the time our drivers are braving freezing temperatures, snow and ice while the rest of us are tucked up in bed.

“Together with our contractor May Gurney, district, borough and parish councils, we’re doing everything we can to help keep Surrey moving during the ice and snow and we’ll continue to do so until the weather improves.”

Before the winter, Surrey County Council and May Gurney stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt which is double the amount needed in an average Surrey winter. The fleet of 39 gritting lorries have been supported by 51 farmers, quad bikes and a ‘monster gritter’. Hand gritting crews have also been out gritting pavements.

Find out more about how winter weather is being tackled in Surrey here.
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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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