RAC Foundation chief leads review

An independent body headed by RAC Foundation chairman David Quarmby will review transport problems caused by the severe winter to avoid similar crises in the future.

After two snowy British winters, the Government-appointed panel will come up with initiatives to deal with any problems in 2010/11.

In February last year, London suffered its worst snowfall in 19 years, which caused travel chaos across the city. Later, during winter 2009/10, the country suffered its coldest winter for 30 years.

Announcing the review, Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said that he had asked the review team to seek evidence from "a wide range of stakeholders in order to identify and disseminate examples of the very best practice in responding to severe winter weather and I look forward to receiving recommendations".

Mr Quarmby said: "Last winter's severe weather - and the transport problems it created - were rare in historic terms, but because of climate change the country needs to be prepared for more frequent extreme conditions.

"By setting up this review the Government has recognised how important a resilient transport network is to the economic and social well-being of the nation and just how many people are affected when things go wrong."

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