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Protecting Surrey's roads against the snow: to grit or not to grit

PUBLISHED: 07:52 01 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:14 20 February 2013

Protecting Surrey's roads against the snow: to grit or not to grit

Protecting Surrey's roads against the snow: to grit or not to grit

Many berries make a hard winter, or so the old saying goes; well, if it's true then Surrey is in for a particularly cold snap over the coming months.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine November 2010


MANY berries make a hard winter, or so the old saying goes; well, if its true then Surrey is in for a particularly cold snap over the coming months.


One way or another, Surrey County Council has been working hard to ensure we dont have a repeat of last year, when the county virtually ground to a halt after the grit ran out.


In preparation for this winter, they have ordered 50 per cent more salt than last year, to take the total to 13,000 tonnes, and 21 extra miles of road will be gritted regularly, which equates to covering nearly 1,100 more miles than in a normal winter.


The help of 27 extra farmers with ploughs has also been enlisted, to bring the total to 35, while the support of the South East 4x4 Club, whose 90 volunteers use their vehicles to help people get around in harsh weather, has been secured, along with organisations including the Salvation Army.


There is a need for all of us to play our part in preparing for and getting through any severe winter weather Surrey may encounter, says the leader of Surrey County Council, Dr Andrew Povey. The county council has been planning for months to make sure it does its duty to help keep the road network moving as much as possible, continues providing services to the most vulnerable and carries on providing grit for residents to spread on paths and drives in their community.


But the truth is, we cannot do everything. If we are supported by residents and communities, things will be much better for the county as a whole. If residents help us by looking out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours and clearing snow away around their own properties, things will hopefully be much easier for everyone.


The council has also pledged an extra 1 million to help meet the costs of combating the effects of bad weather.

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