Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, said:
“It’s two weeks since we called for more grit and more grip from the government and finally they have admitted we were right to raise warnings about salt supplies. They had a report in July recommending salt stocks were increased to 250,000 tonnes yet when the first lot of severe weather hit us these were not in place.
“The reality is that Transport Ministers were caught off guard by the arrival of winter this year and drivers and rail passengers suffered as a result. It’s vital that the government works with local authorities, train companies, Network Rail and airport operators so we don’t see a repeat of last month’s chaos. As the country is hit by a second period of severe weather I really hope that Ministers have now got a grip so we can keep the country moving at a time when so many people need to travel to be with family and friends over the Christmas and New Year.”