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£2.5 million winter plan approved for Surrey roads

An action plan to keep Surrey moving in severe winter weather was approved today. More than £2.5 million is being spent on a programme that includes using more than 40 specialist vehicles, hi-tech monitoring equipment, weather stations and 16,000 tonnes of grit to prepare for the winter ahead.   At a meeting of Surrey County … Continue reading

£5 million county council fund for winter roads repairs

In this summery weather, the only ice you may be thinking of is the kind that cools your drink. But Surrey County Council’s highways teams have swapped ice-cream cones for traffic cones as they prepare for the winter ahead. The council will be investing £5 million this winter into repairing the 200 roads in most … 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

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

Video – gritters out in force

Gritters have been out in force today on Surrey’s roads tackling snow and ice as part of the county council’s winter operation. The fleet of 39 gritters is being supported by a quad bike, an all terrain vehicle and 51 farmers equipped with spreaders and ploughs. The council stockpiled 16,000 tonnes of salt before the start of winter … 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

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

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, 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

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

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

Technology to help beat ice and snow this winter, following Cabinet decision

Technology will be at the forefront of the fight against ice and snow this winter, following a decision by councillors. Gritters equipped with GPS trackers, thermal mapping of salting routes and smart grit bins are all part of the plans to keep Surrey moving in bad weather. The use of GPS will allow the council … Continue reading

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