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Media invite – come and see Surrey’s winter operation in action

With a cold snap forecast to bring ice and snow showers this week, a fleet of gritters, an army of farmers and 4×4 vehicles are ready to keep Surrey moving. Surrey County Council’s salt stocks swelled to 16,000 tonnes ahead of winter and gritting lorries have already been out treating roads. Reporters, photographers and film crews … Continue reading

Gritter Twitter for winter weather

A ‘gritter Twitter’ service will help motorists plan their journeys during bouts of snow and ice this winter. The social networking feed, at http://www.twitter.com/surreytravel, provides updates on gritting activity, weather conditions, road closures and traffic information. It is updated by Surrey County Council, the Highways Agency and BBC Surrey. John Furey, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet … 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

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

Surrey honoured for engineering excellence

Work done by Surrey County Council to improve the biggest reinforced concrete bridge in the country has been recognised by the Institution of Engineers (ICE). The Reigate Hill footbridge project, carried out with Balfour Beatty, was highly commended in the small project category of the ICE Thames Valley Engineering Excellence Awards. Structural improvements were made … 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

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

Surrey plans to trial all-terrain vehicle to tackle snow

This year Surrey County Council plans to trial a new mini all-terrain vehicle to tackle snow in places ordinary gritters just cannot reach. Ian Lake, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, said: “This is a new departure for us to try so we can get to those hard to reach places across … Continue reading

Farmers and Surrey 4×4 Response prepared to combat extreme winter weather

Surrey County Council has signed up an army of farmers to clear roads and a fleet of 4×4 vehicles to help the vulnerable during severe winter weather. This year an additional 15 farmers have been enlisted to use tractors and ploughs to clear snow-covered routes for drivers, taking the total number to 50. Surrey County … Continue reading

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

Council’s new fleet of gritters ready to tackle severe weather

Surrey County Council has a new fleet of gritters equipped with the latest technology ready to keep motorists moving in severe winter weather. The 24 new vehicles* are ready to hit the road as part of the council’s pool of 40-plus gritters loaded with some of the 17,000 tonnes of salt stockpiled at depots across … Continue reading

Winter weather media opportunities in Surrey

Reporters, photographers and film crews are invited to cover winter preparation stories in Surrey. Opportunities include: Going out with a gritting lorry. Nearly 17,000 tonnes of salt stored at depots across Surrey. Grit bins being filled up for householders to treat roads and pavements. Interviews with the key players charged with keeping Surrey moving during … 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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