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Surrey County Council – Winter Service Update

Surrey County Council – Winter Service Update

Surrey County Councillor Matt Furniss has provided the following Winter Service Update

The Cold Weather Plan has been updated and is now available on the Surrey County Council website.

We have over 9,000 tonnes of salt in stock and salt on order to bring our barns to capacity (12,600 tonnes) before the start of the winter season at the end of October.

There has been a review of Priority 2 salting routes following engagement with Local Committees and their feedback has been incorporated into the revised Priority 2 routes.

These will be available to view on the online before the start of the winter season.

Priority 1 routes were reviewed and updated following Local Committee engagement in 2018 and there have been no significant changes to the Priority 1 routes.

All of our 1800 grit bins were inspected over the summer and the grit bin fill programme has been completed with the repair and replacement programme due for completion before the winter season starts.

During the 2019/20 winter season Surrey and Kier will be working with Meteogroup to trial the “Route Based” method of forecasting. Route Based Forecasting provides more accurate localised forecast modelling, allowing for more precise decision making.

Providing the trial is successful, this will improve the accuracy of decision making and provide a reduction in the number of full gritting actions required over the winter season.

Anticipated benefits are both environmental and financial, including a reduction in CO2 emissions, driver call out costs, and salt usage.

Any questions do message Cllr Matt Furniss on Facebook or email him at