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    For as long as I can remember, EVERY ****ing year there is some heavy snow the country is ****ed up lol.... Why is this so?

    Shouldn't there be some kind of plan, in which we have the means to deal with adverse/freak weather conditions? Why can't we be proactive? Why not set up a government agency, which reports directly to the PM, which can oversee traffic management problems, or even provide flood relief should the need arise?

    I think the UK is lucky since we don't suffer from many natural disasters, but this is no excuse not to sort **** out when it happens.
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    It's not worth it. The cost would be far too high. The past 3 winters have been bad but this isn't really the norm.

    And if we spent millions/billions now on some plan, then next winter was a mild one, can you imagine the crazy Daily Mail headlines about how we've squandered money on useless stuff?
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    Yep.

    Bearing in mind the budget cuts, it would probably only be feasible to a) expand fuel and grit reserves; b) encourage people to buy winter tyres and other equipment; c) push transport companies to take whatever measures they can (it doesn't say much for common sense when South East Trains had their de-icers in for repair during winter); and d) buy dozens more grit/plough trucks.
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    Taking into account the rarity of heavy snow, plus the consequence of cancelled flights, clogged highways and postponed sporting fixtures, it's hardly a life-or-death matter in the grand scheme of things. It's like Greenland planning for a heatwave.
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    (Original post by PJ991)
    It's not worth it. The cost would be far too high. The past 3 winters have been bad but this isn't really the norm.

    And if we spent millions/billions now on some plan, then next winter was a mild one, can you imagine the crazy Daily Mail headlines about how we've squandered money on useless stuff?
    It's wise to have extra capacity for contingencies. Think of it as preventative insurance. Instead of hundreds of millions, even billions, lost to winter weather every so often, the government pays a few million to ensure things can keep running every time we get snow. It's not rocket science.
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    It doesn't have to be implemented every winter. But as a backup/proactive plan should there be a bad winter.
 
 
 
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