Transport secretary: more planning needed for winter disruption

Published on Thursday, 17 March 2011 12:39
Posted by Scott Buckler

Greater preparation is required to ensure the UK's transport networks are prepared for severe winter weather conditions


This is the claim made by the transport secretary to MPs, as he answered questions about the level of disruption experienced at the end of 2010 and beginning of 2011.

Philip Hammond was addressing the House of Commons transport select committee and revealed the cost of disruption to journeys as a result of snow and ice across the country was £280 million per day.

According to the minister, Heathrow Airport in particular struggled during the winter and it is important to implement timetables for aircraft in such situations in order to provide passengers with information, although there will always be problems in heavy snow.

He added the railway network had performed "quite well given the extreme conditions", but needed to communicate better with customers.

December 2010 was the coldest on record, with road surfaces made treacherous by heavy snow and ice.


Source: DFT

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