Friday 26 May 2017

A lesson for us in weathering the storms

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

THE current bad weather brought a chilly reminder of our frozen start to the year. I wonder what lessons, if any, we have learned.

In Britain, where they were subjected to a more prolonged and harsher exposure to the elements, they have learned one thing above all else -- be prepared. And what have they done? An independent review body will be set up today by their government to enable the transport sector to cope with future severe winters. Following two consecutive snowy winters, the review will consider first what initiatives can be introduced quickly to deal with the next winter.

Headed by RAC Foundation chairman chairman David Quarmby, the review team will also consider how well Britain is prepared for bad weather in future years.

In February 2009, the worst snowfall in the London area for 19 years caused transport chaos in the UK capital; while in winter 2009/10, transport had to cope with the coldest winter for 30 years.

And although it is agreed that transport networks coped well, "there are lessons that can be learned in order to improve our resilience for future winters".

The team has been tasked 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 (David Quarmby) look forward to receiving recommendations".

What are we doing here, I hear you ask?

Irish Independent

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