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Gritter trucks are on standby

Published: 22 November 2018

Keeping the county moving

Surrey's fleet of gritter trucks is on standby until April to help keep the roads safe when the temperature plummets. Keeping the roads clear of ice and snow is vital for keeping the county moving. With the snowfall last winter 11,000 tonnes of salt were used on the roads – 4,000 tonnes more than the average amount used in recent years.

Surrey's busiest roads are prioritised for salting, as well as key bus routes and access to main shopping centres, hospitals and emergency service bases.

The salt does take time to work - it actually needs some traffic to drive over it to make it most effective and becomes less effective once the temperature of the road surface drops to -7°C so please take care when driving in cold weather and leave extra time for your journeys.

For travel advice and to find out when the gritters are going out follow @SurreyTravel on Twitter.

Grit salt bins

Grit bins are located at various places around the county for use on public roads and pavements. Please don't use them for private property as shortages in grit could cause a danger to motorists. Grit or salt can be bought from major builders' merchants or large garden centres.

You can see the cold weather plan, a map of the gritter routes and location of the grit bins on the Surrey County Council salting and gritting web page.

Report a pothole

Potholes can be reported on Surrey County Council's website. If a repair is needed because the road's unsafe, it'll be made as soon as possible – but it's likely that a permanent repair will be needed once warmer temperatures have returned.

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