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Winter Resilience Review

An independent review into the response of England’s transport system to severe winter weather was announced by the then Secretary of State on 30th March 2010; Lessons Learned from the Severe Weather of Winter 2009-10. The review, steered by a panel of three leading independent experts, considered the resilience of our Transport systems to periods of severe winter weather and reported in two stages, with their Interim and Final Report provided below.


On the 1st December 2010 the Secretary of State for Transport asked David Quarmby CBE to carry out an urgent audit of how well the highway authorities and transport operators in England had been coping with the unexpectedly early and severe spell of winter weather, having regard also to the earlier Review. Read the report, Written Ministerial Statement and accompanying press notice:

Higways Agency report to Secretary of State For Transport in response to Winter Resilience review

Final Report

The Final Report, published on 22nd October 2010, reported on railways and aviation, as well as longer term issues of resilience for the salt supply chain. It also dealt with the economics of winter resilience, progress since the publication of the Interim Report, and cross-modal issues of public expectation and communication, and of integration between networks and modes.

Read the report, Written Ministerial Statement and accompanying press notice:

Interim Report

The Interim Report, published on 26th July 2010, focussed on measures which could be implemented relatively quickly in relation to England’s highway networks in preparation for winter 2010/11, particularly for salt supplies.  It also dealt with winter service planning by highway authorities, questions around footways and self help, and weather forecasting and climate change.

Read the report, Written Ministerial Statement and accompanying press notice: