Surrey County Council is investing £5 million in winter road repairs as it plans ahead for the cold weather.
The local authority is set to repair 200 roads in most need of fixing from cold weather damage. During severe weather, water seeps into roads, expands as it freezes and cracks the surface. Repeated thawing and freezing causes the most damage. Last year, the county council allocated an extra £1 million for winter road repairs.
In addition, the council has stored more than 16,000 tonnes of salt at three of its depots ready for dealing with icy roads and snow – twice what the county needs for six days straight of continual gritting.
Operations staff have finished Surrey County Council’s winter plan, which sets out how its fleet of gritters, all-weather vehicles and even reserve tractors are on standby for when snow and ice strike. As last year, the council will also give regular updates via social media when the gritting teams are treating roads.
John Furey, Surrey County Council’s cabinet member for highways and environment, said: “It may be warm now, but we plan all year round to make sure that Surrey motorists can keep safe even in difficult driving conditions.”