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VIDEO: Leader calls on MPs to help avert “damaging cuts”

Schemes to cut congestion at one of Surrey’s busiest roundabouts and expand a secondary school have been delayed after leader David Hodge urged MPs to help the county council “avoid damaging cuts”. The Cabinet put decisions about investing in improvements at Runnymede Roundabout and 250 extra places at Salesian School in Chertsey on hold until … Continue reading

MAP: Revealed – the 42 miles of pavements Surrey aims to improve next year

Nearly 42 miles of footpaths are set to be improved next year in Surrey to help people get to key community services – roughly the distance from Guildford to Portsmouth by car. Surrey County Council has revealed a provisional list of hundreds of pavements that are in line to be resurfaced from April as part … 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

IN PICTURES: London to Esher – the distance covered by Pavement Horizon in four months

All the pictures are available to download on Flickr. Around 18 miles of footpaths have been overhauled in the first four months of Surrey County Council’s Pavement Horizon project – nearly the equivalent of driving from central London to Esher. Pavements at Hurstleigh Drive in Redhill and Wallace Close in Guildford are among those to benefit from … Continue reading

Utility companies banned from digging up Guildford setts until at least 2021

Utility companies will be banned from digging up the newly relaid setts on Guildford High Street until at least 2021. They will not be allowed to touch the setts, which were first laid in 1864, for five years except in the case of an emergency such as a gas leak. If that happens, any work … Continue reading

IN PICTURES: Work finishes on first Pavement Horizon footpaths

All the pictures are available to download on Flickr. Work on the first footpaths to get the Pavement Horizon treatment has finished as Surrey County Council’s scheme to help pedestrians reach key community services gathers pace. Among the pavements to receive a smooth new surface are Brokes Crescent in Reigate, where Cabinet Member for Highways … Continue reading

Nearly 75,000 Surrey adults take up walking in three years

Nearly 75,000 adults in Surrey have ditched the car or public transport and taken up walking regularly in their daily lives in the last three years, according to official figures. Department for Transport statistics reveal that the number of residents making journeys of 10 minutes or more on foot three times a week has climbed … Continue reading

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

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