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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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Transport sector 'must' work closely with Met Office

Road, train and plane operators must work more closely with the Met Office and other forecasters if travel disruption is to be avoided in winter months, a group of MPs has said.

In a wide-ranging report into winter travel, the transport committee said:

  • It is vital passengers receive up-to-date information of changes and disruption whenever possible.
  • More needs to be done to keep pavements clear of snow and ice.
  • Adverts broadcast across the whole of the UK should be used to educate people on how best to clear ice and snow from outside their homes.
  • The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) needs to get better at communicating with airport passengers and make sure travel information is shared at airports across the UK
  • The Highways Agency should make real-time travel information more accessible by reviewing barriers on this data and identify the best technology to do so.
  • The Office of Rail Regulation needs to put pressure on rail companies to develop clear policies on working out how long disruption will last.

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