This page provides seasonal advice and information for everyone using our roads and footpaths.
In the event of significant snow and ice, please check our council services affected by bad weather page for regular updates.
How we’ve prepared for snow and ice
Surrey County Council has 35 frontline gritters, four spare gritters, two purpose built gritters for narrow roads and 16,000 tonnes of salt ready to use. In heavy snow we also enlist the help of more than 50 farmers with ploughs. A variety of volunteer groups including the Salvation Army and Surrey 4x4 Response are also on hand to help.
Surrey County Council's cold weather plan (PDF = 842kb) details what else we're doing to make sure we're ready for extreme winter weather.
Salting and gritting roads
We'll let you know on this page and via @SurreyTravel on Twitter if we're out gritting tonight. Our pages on salting routes, which roads we salt and why will also help you find out if your route will be or has been salted.
Unfortunately we can’t add roads to the salting routes during the winter. Discuss this with your local councillor in the meantime.
There are 1,737 grit bins across the county, which are refilled twice a year. Residents should use the grit from these bins on roads that aren’t covered by our gritters. This grit is not meant for private driveways where table salt and sand work just as well.
You can buy an extra grit bin for £957, this includes refills for four years.
We don’t routinely salt pavements but when there’s been a big build-up of snow, we try to clear pavements in towns and areas near hospitals.
You will not be liable if you help clear the pavements in your neighbourhood, as long as you don’t create a further hazard in doing so. For example if you use hot water to clear paths you may well end up creating black ice which someone could slip on. Please see our questions about pavements page for more information.
Here are a few things you can do to prepare for cold weather and minimise the chance of breaking down on the road:
- Change your car battery every five years so it can cope with demanding conditions.
- Use a 50:50 mix of antifreeze and water in your cooling system. Check it’s the correct type in your handbook or ask your garage for advice.
- Keep your car windows clear of dirt, snow or ice to avoid accidents or a possible fine and make sure you have plenty of screen wash, preferably one that won’t refreeze on your windscreen
- Check your windscreen wipers and replace if needed.
- Clear snow from your car roof to stop it falling onto your windscreen whilst driving. Don’t forget to clear your lights as well!
- Experts suggest a minimum of 3mm tyre tread for winter conditions. Winter tyres can also be handy.
- Find more advice on driving in snow in The Highway Code on Gov.uk.
- Use a lighter to warm a key for a frozen lock. Don’t breathe on the lock, as you’ll make it worse.
- Plan your route – for up to the minute traffic and travel updates follow us on twitter.com/surreytravel. For further winter advice, including updates on council services affected by bad weather visit surreycc.gov.uk/winter
- Find out about forthcoming roadworks in your area through our fortnightly highways bulletin
- If your property is at risk of flooding, please see our Flooding advice pages
- You can report flooded roads, fallen trees and power cuts online.
Files available to download
- Highways Cold Weather Plan 2016-17 (842.0 KB)