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MAP: Miles more footpaths being overhauled in Pavement Horizon project

The latest footpaths to be overhauled in Surrey County Council’s Pavement Horizon project have been unveiled. The authority has released dates when work is set to begin on resurfacing more than three-and-a-half miles of pavements as part of the scheme to improve access to schools, doctors’ surgeries and town centres. Nearly three-quarters of a mile more has … Continue reading

More than 87 Euro 2016 final pitches – the distance already getting the Pavement Horizon treatment

Enough footpaths are already being given the Pavement Horizon treatment to cover the length of the football pitch being used for the Euro 2016 final more than 87 times over. Laid end to end all the work started since the scheme launched on 11 May stretches roughly the distance by car from the Louvre Museum in central … Continue reading

More footpaths get the Pavement Horizon treatment

More footpaths are being given the Pavement Horizon treatment as part of a Surrey County Council scheme to help pedestrians use key community services. The £20 million programme, which will last up to six years, will see more than 200 miles of pavements rebuilt. It was launched last month at Brokes Crescent, Reigate, by the … Continue reading

VIDEO AND PICTURES: Cabinet Member John Furey launches Pavement Horizon

John Furey today launched Surrey County Council’s Pavement Horizon project to rebuild more than 200 miles of footpaths. The Cabinet Member for Highways was at Brokes Crescent in Reigate to help get the programme, which will last up to six years, under way.

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

County council and Kier plan careers college to train highways workforce

Construction giant Kier and Surrey County Council are on the road to launching a careers college to train their own highways workforce. Plans have been signed off for a construction academy just days after UK Commission for Employment and Skills revealed that the number of positions unfilled through a lack of skills has rocketed by 130% since 2011. That … 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

Set the alarm earlier – the rush hour commute lasts up to eight minutes longer than five years ago

Heavy rush hour traffic is forcing Surrey drivers to set the alarm up to eight minutes earlier than five years ago just to get to work on time. A 46-mile morning commute along A roads from Farnham to Redhill took an hour and 55 minutes on average in September 2010. But by this September, motorists … 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

£300 million – the cost of fixing all Surrey’s roads

Fixing all Surrey’s roads today would cost nearly £300 million, the county council has revealed. That is the amount needed to get the whole of the county’s network into a good condition like the roads overhauled in the council’s Operation Horizon project. The estimated £294m cost covers work ranging from full-scale reconstruction to overhauling broken stretches on around … Continue reading

More than 180,000 miles of roads set to miss out on new fund

As car sales accelerated to an all-time September high, it was revealed that more than 180,000 miles of roads nationwide are set to miss out on a new highways fund – despite covering more than 41 times the distance of routes that will benefit. Today’s news that more than 462,000 new cars were registered last month … Continue reading

Compensation claims tumble by almost 75% since launch of drive to build pothole-proof roads

Compensation paid to drivers has tumbled by almost 75% since the launch of a drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof. Cash paid out fell by more than £400,000 during the first two years of the scheme to build 300 miles of roads that come with a 10-year guarantee. In 2012-13 – the year before … Continue reading

London to Sydney and back three times – the distance covered by Surrey’s gritters last winter

As forecasters warn of a bitterly cold and snowy winter, it was revealed that gritting lorries treated 67,000 miles of road to keep Surrey moving last winter. That is the equivalent of travelling from London to Sydney and back three times. With weather experts predicting that El Nino will create weather similar to that of … Continue reading

Thousands of Surrey motorists hit road as summer holidays come to end

Thousands of extra motorists hit Surrey’s roads in the rush hour as the summer holidays end and children return to school, figures reveal. According to the latest county council statistics for 25 roads across Surrey*, traffic rose by more than 13% in September compared to the previous month. They show that an average of nearly 37,000 vehicles … Continue reading

Drive to overhaul roads saves £7 million

A drive to make Surrey’s roads more pothole-proof has also saved taxpayers more than £7 million. The second year of a scheme to replace more than 300 miles of road with surfaces that come with a 10-year repair guarantee saved £3.1m through smarter contracts and recycling. When added to the £4.1m saved in the first … Continue reading

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