Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Men to Blame for Snow Gridlock

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Men to Blame for Snow Gridlock

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Byline: ROSS LYDALL;NIGEL ROSSER

Rush-hour traffic ROAD chiefs today brazenly refused to accept responsibility for the chaos during last week's whiteout which brought much of the South-East to a standstill.

Asked by the Evening Standard what had gone wrong, the key people responsible for keeping the region running produced an extraordinary catalogue of excuses, blaming: . People leaving work early . The weather forecasters . Each other.

Camden saw some of the worst problemsin London, with thousands forced to make long journeys home on foot although only two inches of snow had fallen.

But today Camden transport director Peter Bishop was unapologetic.

He said: "If there had been a problem and we had caused it, we would own up to it. But we were gritting constantly. I don't think there was anything else we could have done at all and if you are looking for apologies I think you should speak to people further out."

Councillor John Thane, executive member for transport at Camden, insisted the council had nothing to apologise for. …

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