The snow and the extreme cold temperature last week will be a challenge to our network and the highways team. This weather will further damage the network and we will see an increase in reports of defects, the local highways team will do their best to inspect the network but this will be a challenge in a short space of time, so we require your help as local residents and local members, if you see any new defects then please report them on the SCC report site, many of the larger defects will get temporary repairs to meet the response time on these and we will return to carry out a full repair in the coming weeks.
Also much of the schedule work was cancelled last week and this will have a knock on effect to other scheduled works, also some of the teams will be helping on emergency repairs, so I apologise for the cancelations and we will get on top of the schedule as soon as possible.
My colleague Cllr Paul Deach, has created this short video which demonstrates how easy it is to report a defect on the highway.
Last update of the day, as I said earlier the crews went out again at 7pm and the forecast now says the snow should have stopped by 8pm.
That’s 3 treatments on P1 (60 grams per square meter in all) and 1 treatment on P2 within the last 24 hours
There is no snow forecast tomorrow and temperatures are due to increase by midday so no action is planned for tomorrow at present.
I am sure you will join me in thanking the crews for working some very long hours especially in the last 48 hours.
16 treatments this week
2500 tonnes of salt used
37 Priority 1 routes twice a day
3 hours to complete a route…
-9 Road surface tempertures
20 gsm prewet salt treatments
The crews have been out again from 7pm, they will be re-treating all the P1 routes for the whole county. Some of the main routes the snow has changes to slush, the temperature is due to drop again to about -4 which means this slush is liable to freeze in places so drive with care.
The long term forecast is for rain from either Sunday or Monday and the temp should get above freezing, so hopefully we are near the end of this bad spell.
all drivers were recalled at 2.30pm and were sent back out as they arrived to do all the P1 routes again
The forecast is for snow and freezing rain to come in from the SW. The freezing rain that fell earlier on is now been covered with snow on untreated surfaces so drive carefully.
once the afternoon runs have been completed we will review the evening runs once the vehicles return
I am in Merrow at the Kier hub, where the county is monitored for the latest condition The latest forecast is for freezing rain, this is worse than snow. Even if the roads have been treated this will freeze on contact, including on your windscreen. Keep your heater on your windscreen to keep it warm and please drive with extreme care.
The current plan is to go out at 7pm tonight and regret all the P1 but we are monitoring the situation and will react in local areas where needed
The 4am treatment seems to have had good effect with reports from eastern and central parts of the county looking really very good.
The NW area seems to have had it worse, particularly Surrey Heath. We have mobilised an additional gritter following the P1s in this area to do some adhoc ploughing in the areas that need it within Surrey Heath.
No major reports of disruption on the main routes in Waverley and the reports coming back are the P1 routes are passable and no need for further action here.
All P2s have mobilised – more as a precaution for any further snow we may see later today.
We are expecting more snow during the day
Stick to main road where possible, do not use short cuts, even on main roads drive carefully there still may be patches of ice
Again clear you cars of any snow and ice so you have full vision of your surroundings and leave plenty of space to other vehicles.
The hand salting crews have gone out again this morning from 7am to the scouted slippery areas, mostly pavements. The community gangs are also supporting, particularly with clearing drifted snow across the road
Feedback from the bagshot drivers is the network in the NW could do with some further attention. We have therefore instructed all P1 routes from Bagshot to reload and go back out as of now to put a further 20 grams down – this covers this will cover North West Surrey (Runnymede, Surrey Heath and Woking).
They will continue as planned on the 4am run also.
The P1 routes were treated at 2pm as planned. Light snow is forecast to continue through the night, but considering the treatments we have already taken today we will stick the plan to continue with the P1s again at 4am.
I can confirm we have instructed the P2s across the county to be treated at 0700 hours also.
Finally, I am hearing radio reports that the hogs back, Wrecclesham hill in Farnham, and the meadows roundabout in Camberley are all quite bad. I have therefore mobilised 1x adhoc gritter to immediately leave Merrow and spot treat these areas. I will keep him available for the next few hours to attend any P1 routes that need attention at the direction of our control hub.