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Gritting in Top Gear

Picture caption left to right: Robin Chaplin, May Gurney supervisor, Jeremy Clarkson Top Gear presenter and Mitch Good, May Gurney’s reactive maintenance manager.

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson experienced first hand the county council’s efforts to keep Surrey moving during winter weather on Sunday night’s show.

The presenter was road testing a car he had designed and built himself when he drove up behind a gritting lorry operated by the council’s contractor May Gurney.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment : “I’m pleased Jeremy got the chance to see a small part of Surrey’s winter operation in action. Our gritter drivers worked around the clock during the recent bout of snow and ice to make the roads as safe as possible.

“In fact, in just four days the gritting lorries covered more than 10,000 miles, which is further than driving from London to Bangkok. I’m not sure the car Jeremy designed and built, the P45, could manage that!”

Jim Harker, General Manager at May Gurney, said “Our team have been working hard to keep Surrey moving during the recent snow fall. It was great to see one of our gritters on the world’s most widely watched factual television programme, delivering an essential service to Surrey.”

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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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