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£2.5 million winter plan approved for Surrey roads

One of Surrey County Council's gritting vehicles fleet

One of Surrey County Council’s gritting vehicles fleet

An action plan to keep Surrey moving in severe winter weather was approved today.

More than £2.5 million is being spent on a programme that includes using more than 40 specialist vehicles, hi-tech monitoring equipment, weather stations and 16,000 tonnes of grit to prepare for the winter ahead.  

At a meeting of Surrey County Council’s Cabinet, the Winter Service Plan was given the green light. Highlights include:

  • Providing 39 gritters fitted with location trackers and salt spreading monitors
  • Installing six weather stations providing real-time updates on air and road temperature, rainfall and salt and ice levels
  •  Preparing more than 1,800 roadside salt bins across Surrey by October
  • Extending a trial of alternative vehicles like quad bikes in the winter clear-up
  • Having a standby team of 51 farmers to give extra support in less accessible areas.

In a separate decision, the council has also put aside £5 million extra into repairing the 200 roads in most need of fixing from cold weather damage.

John Furey, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We prepared well last year and have repeated that preparation this year.”

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