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UK: Transport networks still vulnerable to winter weather disruption

BBC_photoThe resilience of UK transport infrastructure and services during periods of adverse winter weather has improved, but more must be done to strengthen the sector’s winter preparedness, says the cross party Transport Select Committee.

Launching the report on transport preparations for winter weather, Louise Ellman MP, Chair of Transport Committee, said:

“Transport is vital to economic growth. A lack of preparedness for winter weather has a direct impact on the movement of people and goods and on the economy as a whole.”
“We recognise that some progress has been made by Government and transport providers to improve public information and passenger welfare during severe weather. In particular, pro-active decision-making by rail and aviation operators to reduce or cancel services ahead of a major event has reduced disruption.”“Nevertheless, we believe there remains considerable scope for further improvement across the transport sector…

  • It is vital that passengers receive up to date information of changes and disruption whenever possible
  • The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) should ensure that train operating companies develop more robust procedures to identify how long a period of disruption is likely to last and to communicate this clearly to passengers”

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