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Government to review transport response to severe weather


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Department for Transport

Government to review transport response to severe weather
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date
30 Mar 2010 11:06
source Department for Transport
type Press release

note News Release issued by the COI News Distribution Service on 30 March 2010


Transport Secretary Andrew Adonis today announced an independent review of the transport sector’s response to this winter’s severe weather.

The UK has experienced its worst winter for 30 years, with blanket snowfall and prolonged periods of sub-zero temperatures, creating challenging conditions for transport providers and the travelling public.

The review will be conducted in two phases: the first will identify measures that can be implemented relatively quickly in preparation for next winter 2010/11; and the second will consider preparedness for severe winter weather in future years. Phase one will be published this summer and phase two in the Autumn.

The review will be chaired by David Quarmby CBE, currently Chair of the RAC Foundation and former Chief Executive of the Strategic Rail Authority. He will be supported by Brian Smith, currently Assistant Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council and Chris Green, a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail and former Chief Executive of Virgin Trains.

Andrew Adonis said:

“Following a decade of relatively mild weather, the UK has now experienced two harsh winters in succession. For the most part our transport networks have coped well, but there are lessons that can be learned in order to improve our resilience for future winters.

“David Quarmby, Brian Smith and Chris Green bring with them extensive experience of the English transport system over many years and I am delighted that they have agreed to undertake this review.

“I have asked them 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.”

The review is part of a Government drive to ensure that local authorities are prepared for future severe weather. Last week the Government announced an additional £100 million for local authorities to help pay for repairs to potholes. This builds on the trebling of funding to local authorities over the last 10 years for road maintenance from £265m in 2000-01 to £809m in 2010/11.

Notes to editors:

1. The review will be steered by a small panel of independent experts comprising:

- David Quarmby CBE (Chair), currently Chair of the RAC Foundation and former Chief Executive of the Strategic Rail Authority;

- Brian Smith, retiring as Assistant Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire County Council on 31 March; and

- Chris Green, a Non-Executive Director of Network Rail and former Chief Executive of Virgin Trains and English Heritage.

2. Chris Green will formally join the panel in late June when he steps down from the Board of Network Rail.

3. The terms of reference for the review is available at: http://www.dft.gov .uk/pgr/regional/reviewofwinter0910/

4. The review will build upon the recommendations of the UK Roads Liaison Group “Lessons from the Severe Weather February 2009” available at http://www.ukroadsl iaisongroup.org/liaison/winter.htm .

5. Recommendations emerging from the review will only apply to English authorities, but will take account of the wider UK context.

Press Enquires: 020 7944 3066 Out of Hours: 020 7944 4292 Public Enquiries: 0300 330 3000 Department for Transport Website: http://www.dft.gov.uk


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