Review of salt supplies for roads

The transport minister has announced plans to review the provision of salt for winter roads following the heavy February snowfalls which brought much of the country to a standstill.

Paul Clark told MPs that the UK Road Liaison Group would carry out the review and report back "by the summer".

Mr Clark revealed the plans while speaking to the House of Commons Transport Committee as part of its inquiry into how transport was affected by the extreme weather.

He said that salt stocks had become "very low" over the winter, but the circumstances were "exceptional" and there had been "significant problems".

He said that although the salt stocks would be looked at, it would be "unrealistic" to put in place the sort of bad-weather plans used by countries such as Russia.

Earlier, David Sparks, chairman of the Local Government Association's regeneration and transport board told the committee that in the majority of cases roads were gritted "in accordance with the schedule" and argued it was "a myth" that every street in the country should be gritted.

He added that he was "not aware of any local authority that underperformed".

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