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More than 500 roads fixed in winter repair blitz

Surrey County Council has fixed more than 500 roads damaged by last year’s ice and snow in five months since earmarking £5 million to tackle the issue.

In September, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet allocated £5 million to fix almost 700 of the road surfaces most affected by ice and snow throughout the first half of 2013.

By November, the county council had completed 63,725 square metres of repairs – nine rugby pitches’ worth – on 332 roads.

Now winter repair teams have completed 517 of the ice and snow-damaged roads, with the remaining 173 roads scheduled to be completed by the end of next month.

John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We do everything we can to keep Surrey’s roads safe even when faced with exceptionally harsh weather – this goes as much for ice and snow as it does for the floods.

“This £5 million investment in our ice-damaged roads may pale in comparison to our eventual flood repair bill, but we need to keep Surrey moving so these unexpected budget pressures must be met.”

The ice and snow damage repairs and flood repair costs are separate to the county council’s five-year programme to overhaul the 300 miles of road most in need of improving.

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