Salt stockpiles 'enough for winter'

Transport Secretary Philip Hammond has assured there is enough road salt stockpiled to handle cases of severe winter weather.

He said that some salt had been imported from overseas and a "strategic stockpile" was available in case local councils experience salting difficulties.

In an interview on ITV's Daybreak programme, Mr Hammond said: "I think we'll be able to cope. I am pretty confident we'll be OK."

He also stressed on the need for better productivity of road salt from the two main UK suppliers, as importing it from abroad is expensive.

Mr Hammond said: "If local councils do have problems we can top them up."

He also said that work related to tackling potholes in roads had not been affected, as the project budget had not faced cuts and £84 million from the previous Labour Government had been ring-fenced.

However, Mr Hammond added: "There is a huge issue with the backlog of maintenance on local roads."

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