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Surrey highways chiefs unveil £5 million road repairs boost
11:53am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
Surrey's roads are to get a £5 million repairs boost to head off a possible repeat of the winter ice and snow highways headaches of recent years.
Surrey County Council says its highways teams are already preparing for another possible arctic blast through the multi-million pound shot in the arm for the roads budget.
The council said as well as this, it has stored more than 16,000 tons of salt at three of its depots, ready for dealing with icy roads and snow.
The council said the amount is twice what the county needs for six days straight of continual gritting.
It said its operations staff have finished the council's winter plan, which sets out how its fleet of gritters, all-weather vehicles and reserve tractors are on stand-by for when snow and ice strike.
In recent years, Surrey's roads have been amongst the UK's worst hit by extreme winter weather.
During the heavy snowfalls and icy conditions, local roads have suffered as water has seeped into them and then expanded through freezing.
This has then cracked the road surface and when added to by repeated thawing and freezing, and then by traffic, led to serious damage.
This year though, the council will be investing £5 million into repairing the 200 roads in most need of fixing from cold weather damage.
Last year, the county council allocated an extra £1 million for winter road repairs.
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.”
Coun Furey said: “It's great that we've put aside £5 million for road improvements this coming winter.
“We are doing all we can to keep Surrey moving, and this winter funding is just the tip of the iceberg.”
He said: “We are spending £100 million on completely ripping up and re-laying more than 300 miles of road in the next three years under Operation Horizon.
“These roads have a ten-year guarantee – or the contractor pays.”