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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

10 things you didn’t know about gritting and the council’s winter operation

One of our gritters heading out from the depot at Merrow heading across #Surrey this afternoon #UKSnow pic.twitter.com/1BQqCqyamG — Surrey News (@SurreyNews) February 26, 2018 With snow falling in Surrey today and temperatures due to plunge overnight here are 10 things you didn’t know about gritting and the county council’s winter operation. More than 14,500 … 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 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

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

Gritters swing into action

Surrey County Council’s winter operation has swung into action. The council’s fleet of gritting lorries was out last night for the first time this winter after road surface temperatures dipped. Ahead of winter, Surrey stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt, prepared 39 hi-tech gritters and signed up an army of farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs. … Continue reading

Salt stocks ready for winter

Surrey County Council’s barns have been filled up with 16,000 tonnes of salt ready to keep our roads moving when snow and ice hit. As well as a team of highways contractors from Kier and a fleet of specialist gritting vehicles, the council has more than 50 farmers on standby.

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

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

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

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

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