Snow go, go slow
8th January 2010
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As Richmond and Surrey get set for more icy weather, Surrey Police advise motorists to be careful.

Richmond Council are assuring residents that it has several week's worth of grit and is working round the clock to keep the roads in the borough clear.

There's more severe weather expected this weekend, on top of the snow and ice already on the ground.

Even if the roads are regularly cleared however, going will still be extremely hazardous. As initial snow fall is compressed, thaws slightly then re-freezes in further drops in temperature, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians should take extreme care.

Regular updates are available on the Surrey Alert website, including news of closed schools.

Surrey Police have issued warnings about the extreme icy conditions across the county, and the following advice:

Don't clog up emergency phone lines with 999 calls unless it is a genuine emergency - the public are urged instead  to use our online service via the Surrey Police website to report incidents and for non-emergency enquiries. The online service is monitored 24/7.

Very many roads remain treacherous so drivers are advised not to travel unless their journey is absolutely necessary.

Anyone who must use the road should allow lots of extra time for their journey, avoid high speeds and heavy breaking.

Pack a blanket, warm clothes, food and a hot drink in case they become stranded.

Drivers who choose to travel and then become stuck should call their recovery company – rather than police – and be prepared for a potentially long wait.

Silas Van Der Bas

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