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MPs call for more reliable winter transport system

Britain needs a transport system that is able to cope with bad winter weather, according to MPs on the transport committee. Their report said the bad weather over Christmas and New Year showed disruption could be blamed solely on snow.

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MP: Fines an option if passengers are left stranded

"People are reasonable" and will listen if told how long disruption will last, Mrs Ellman said. Credit: Daybreak/ITV

Local authorities and transport companies should face fines if they fail to provide adequate care for stranded passengers, the head of the Commons transport committee has said.

Louise Ellman told Daybreak adverse weather conditions "can be predicted" and it was "the responsibility" of the authorities to "make provision" during disruption.

"Passengers want to know what it is happening. People are reasonable and they do realise where there is bad weather, there will be disruption.

"But they do need to know what is happening and know when that disruption is likely to end."

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