Magazine article Public Finance

Transport Companies Must Prepare for Winter, Warns LGA

Magazine article Public Finance

Transport Companies Must Prepare for Winter, Warns LGA

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The Local Government Association has warned that a repeat of last winter's severe weather could grind the country to a halt.

A report published on October 30 criticises the train and bus operators that failed to keep services running last February when Britain suffered the worst snowfalls for 20 years.

The LGA urged Network Rail and train companies to install equipment to ensure trains keep running. The report also said that too few businesses had contingency plans so that employees know what to do when bad weather strikes.

In February, councils came under fire for perceived delays and shortfalls in gritting icy roads. But the LGA report found that the UK was almost entirely reliant on just two companies for supplying salt and grit. It criticised these suppliers for failing to admit that they were struggling to meet demand during last year's crisis. …

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