Surrey's roadside salt bins filled to reduce impact of possible arctic blast (From Redhill And Reigate Life)
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Surrey's roadside salt bins filled to reduce impact of possible arctic blast
12:04pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Local News
Highways chiefs have announced Surrey County Council’s salt-stock barns have been filled up with 16,000 tons of salt.
The roads chiefs' target for salt stocks has been reached ahead of winter to reduce the impact of the type of arctic blast which has hit the county in recent years.
The council moved early to prepare its more-than 1,800 roadside salt bins to avoid any problem with supply, and ensure enough stocks are piled up to keep Surrey's roads moving if and when snow and ice hit.
The county council recently approved an action plan, called the Winter Service Plan, in which more than £2.5 million is being spent.
The programme includes using more than 40 specialist vehicles, hi-tech monitoring equipment and weather stations, as well as the 16,000 tons of salt.
The council's team of highways contractors, Kier, and its fleet of specialist gritting vehicles, is also being reinforced by farmers.
More than 50 of them are on standby with their vehicles, ready to be called in for highways clearance work if they are needed, especially in remote rural areas.
And a trial involving using alternative vehicles such as quad bikes in the winter clear-up, has also been extended.
Under the Winter Service Plan, six weather stations will provide real-time updates on air and road temperature, rainfall and salt and ice levels.
The council's fleet of 39 gritters has also been fitted with location trackers and salt spreading monitors.
Surrey County Council cabinet member for highways, John Furey, said: “We prepared well last year and have repeated that preparation this year.”
In a separate decision, the council put aside an extra £5 million for repairing the 200 roads in most need of fixing from cold weather damage.