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Gritters ready as snow forecast for the weekend

With temperatures set to drop and snow forecast in Surrey over the weekend, our gritters will be going out spreading salt over the weekend starting at 4am on Saturday morning. Surrey County Council stockpiled 14,500 tonnes of salt ahead of the winter and has a fleet of 39 gritters to help keep the county moving, … Continue reading

Snow in Surrey

With snow falling in Surrey, the council’s fleet of gritters has been out spreading salt on the county’s roads. Surrey County Council stockpiled 14,500 tonnes of salt ahead of the winter and has a fleet of 39 gritters to help keep the county moving, while an army of farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs are ready … Continue reading

Gritters head out in Surrey

With temperatures due to plummet, the county council’s fleet of gritting lorries are set to head out on Surrey’s roads tonight for the first time since last winter. They will be heading out from 7pm after filling up from the council’s 16,000-tonne stockpile of salt. Ahead of winter, the authority filled more than 1,700 grit bins … Continue reading

With gritters out Surrey signs off plans for new salt barns

With Surrey’s gritting lorries heading out as a blast of early spring Arctic air brings chilly temperatures and snow flurries, the county council has signed off plans for two new salt barns. Barns storing thousands of tonnes of salt to spread on roads in ice and snow are set to open at Chertsey and Beare … Continue reading

Gritters keeping Surrey moving

As weather forecasters warn of more cold and icy conditions, the county council’s fleet of gritting lorries continue to keep Surrey moving. The gritters, featuring location trackers and salt spreading monitors, are hitting the road after filling up from the council’s 16,000-tonne stockpile of salt. Thermal maps of all Surrey’s gritting routes show which roads are more … Continue reading

Gritting lorries hit the road

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 … Continue reading

Gritters cover equivalent of London to Tokyo

Surrey County Council’s gritting lorries have treated 6,089 miles of road since Christmas Eve, which is the equivalent of travelling from London to Tokyo*. As temperatures plummeted, the council’s winter operation kicked into gear with the fleet of 39 gritters drawing on the 16,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled at depots across Surrey in preparation for … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

LGA urges people to look out for vulnerable during winter

As winter weather strikes, Surrey County Council has welcomed a call by the Local Government Association for people to look out for the elderly and vulnerable in their communities during periods of ice and snow. David Hodge, county council leader, said: “Getting through any severe winter weather requires us all to play our part. The county council … Continue reading

Media invite: Odds of a white Christmas slashed – come see our winter operation in action

With snow recently blanketing parts of England and the odds of a white Christmas slashed*, an army of gritters, ploughs and 4x4s are ready to treat roads during extreme weather this winter. Surrey County Council’s gritting lorries have already seen action this month as road temperatures plummeted below zero. Reporters, film crews, weather presenters and … Continue reading

Grit bins filled ahead of winter weather

All Surrey County Council’s 1,741 grit bins have been filled to help people treat roads and pavements in their communities this winter. The fill-up is part of the council’s plans to keep Surrey moving during freezing weather. The bins are being fitted with barcodes for the first time to enable the council to remotely monitor … Continue reading

Video: Winter – we’re prepared

Surrey County Council highlights some of the hardware it has ready to tackle ice and snow this winter. The county’s winter preparations include: * 16,000 tonnes of salt in stock * A fleet of 39 gritting lorries equipped with GPS trackers * Off road 4×4 vehicles ready to treat hard to reach places * An … Continue reading

Surrey trials quad bike gritter

A quad bike gritter is the latest weapon in Surrey County Council’s armoury to tackle ice and snow this winter. The four-wheeler is being used on a trial basis to grit roads and clear snow at the same time in places ordinary trucks cannot go. Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and … Continue reading

Winter preparation plans featured on BBC Surrey radio

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment Ian Lake today (02 December) featured in a BBC Surrey piece discussing the county council’s preparations for any severe weather this winter. Click below to listen to the feature – Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey radio

Motorists to get road gritting updates on Twitter

Motorists can receive web updates this winter about roads that have been gritted. A ‘gritter Twitter’ service has been launched on the social networking site by Surrey County Council and BBC Surrey. The feed, that can be found at http://www.twitter.com/surreytravel, provides regular updates on gritting activity together with traffic information, weather conditions and road closures. … Continue reading

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