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Keeping Surrey safe and moving in colder weather

Published: 25 November 2021

New fleet of gritter trucks now on standby

With freezing temperatures expected, our new gritters including Grit Me Out of Here!, Father Gritmas and Gritly Come Dancing will be out and about to prepare our roads and keep you safe this winter.

The gritters are vital for keeping the roads clear of ice and snow. In an average Surrey winter, around 7,000 tonnes of salt is used on around 70 salting runs when the gritters go out.

The roads are gritted according to priority level, with about 39 per cent of the county's roads classed as Priority 1. These include roads with the highest traffic flows, roads that are used to access emergency services, and major bus routes. The gritting routes can be viewed on the Surrey Winter Online Map.

You can follow @SurreyNews on Twitter to find out when the gritters are going out. And please remember to leave extra time for your journey and take care when driving in low temperatures.

Gritting paths and pavements

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

For up-to-date information on gritting and possible road closures, visit our roads and transport updates web page.

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