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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

AUDIO: With gritters going out BBC Surrey interviews John Furey about the council’s winter preparations

Cabinet Member for Highways John Furey talked to BBC Surrey presenters James Cannon and Suzanne Bamborough today about the council’s preparations to keep the county moving in severe winter weather. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

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

Tackling ice and snow

With snow falling over parts of Surrey, a fleet of gritters have been out spreading salt on roads. They are supported by a quad bike, an all-terrain vehicle and if the snow is heavy enough, an army of 51 farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs. Residents can find out about services affected on the county council’s website. … Continue reading

Getting down to the nitty-gritty of safe winter driving

A group of Surrey gritter lorry drivers were invited to take part in a winter driving skills course. Please find a press release produced by Mercedes-Benz World. Press release A group of gritter drivers received valuable winter driving skills coaching at Mercedes-Benz World on Wednesday as part of Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy’s bid to help Surrey … Continue reading

Gritting in Top Gear

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 … Continue reading

BBC Surrey interview – gritters in action

Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment John Furey was interviewed today by BBC Surrey about keeping the county moving in snow and ice. The broadcast also featured the work done by gritting teams based at the Godstone depot. Audio courtesy of BBC Surrey

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

Video: winter farmers

An army of 51 farmers will help Surrey County Council tackle ice and snow on the roads this winter. Warlingham farmer David Marden described how he’ll help keep Surrey moving when severe weather strikes. He also showcased some of the gear he’ll use to plough and grit the roads. Media looking for more information can … Continue reading

Salt stockpiled ready for winter

Salt stocks have swelled to 16,000 tonnes as Surrey County Council prepares to tackle ice and snow this winter. The stockpile is double the salt needed in an average Surrey winter and 60% more than was used to keep the county moving last season. The huge heap is also more than enough to see Surrey … Continue reading

London to Cape Town – the distance covered by Surrey’s gritters at the weekend

Surrey County Council’s fleet of gritting lorries treated almost 6,500 miles of roads as snow fell this weekend, which is further than travelling from London to Cape Town*. The gritters had 17,000 tonnes of salt to draw upon – 30% more than last year – which has been stored at depots across the county in … Continue reading

Prepared for snow and ice

A mountain of salt, a fleet of gritters and an army of volunteers are ready to be called on by Surrey County Council over the coming days, as forecasters predict sleet and snow. Surrey County Council has stockpiled 17,000 tonnes of salt – 30% more than last year – to be used by its 40-plus … Continue reading

Surrey stockpiles record amount of salt

A record amount of salt is being stockpiled by Surrey County Council to tackle severe winter weather. A fleet of trucks has been making deliveries to take salt stocks up to nearly 17,000 tonnes from last winter’s 13,000 tonnes. More than 40 gritters are standing by at depots including Merrow, near Guildford, Witley, Bagshot and … Continue reading

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