Gritting lorries took to Surrey’s roads over the weekend for the first time since last winter.
As temperatures plunged, the county council’s winter operation swung into action with the fleet of hi-tech gritters treating roads county-wide after filling up from the council’s 16,000-tonne stockpile of salt.
It came after it was revealed that the council’s gritters covered 67,000 miles of road to keep Surrey moving last winter – the equivalent of travelling from London to Sydney and back three times.
Surrey’s winter preparations also included filling more than 1,700 grit bins to help people treat roads and pavements in their local communities and assembling an army of farmers equipped with ploughs to tackle snow and ice in rural areas.
Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways John Furey said: “Our gritting teams work round the clock to keep Surrey moving in bad weather, often braving the elements while we’re all tucked up in bed.
“While we’d like to cover every road it’s just not possible with such an extensive network, which is why it’s important people use grit bins to treat their local roads and pavements for the benefit of the community
“But we’ll continue to do everything possible to keep Surrey’s roads safe in ice and snow, even though our budgets are under enormous pressure from rising demand for services.”