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Keeping Surrey safe and moving in colder weather

Published: 25 October 2019

Fleet of 37 gritter trucks now on standby

Surrey's fleet of 37 gritter trucks is now on standby through to spring to help keep the roads safe if the temperature plummets.

Keeping the roads clear of ice and snow is vital for keeping the county moving - in an average Surrey winter, around 7,000 tonnes of salt is used on 47 salting runs when the gritters go out.

This year, we will be trialling a more localised forecasting model that will allow us to target specific areas that require gritting ahead of bad weather. This should improve the accuracy of the service as well as making it more efficient by only using the salt where it is needed.

The roads are gritted according to priority level, with about 39% of the counties 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. (Motorways and the A3 are the responsibility of the Highways England.) The gritting routes can be viewed on this map.

You can follow @SurreyMatters 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.

Repairs and re-repairs to potholes

In colder weather potholes are formed when water trickles into cracks in the road surface and expands when frozen. It creates a space under the road surface which then breaks under the weight of traffic.

Potholes can be reported using our online highway problem reporting system.

If a repair is needed as 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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