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Transport: Snow and Ice

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 11 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) studies and (b) modelling his Department has undertaken into the impact of extreme weather on the transport infrastructure. (255903)

Specific modelling of the impacts of extreme weather scenarios across the transport network is carried out by the transport owners and operators such as Network Rail and Local Highways Authorities. DfT contributes guidance and support wherever possible through, for example, publications such as ‘Maintaining Pavements: A Changing Climate’ and ‘Sustainable Roads’ and the Highways Agency’s strategy for the strategic road network.

The Highway’s Agency has devised a strategy for adapting the strategic road network to a changing climate. The Highways Agency also has a ‘severe weather group’ which delivers an annual programme of areas for improvement and research including the implementation of the National Severe Weather Warning System

A DfT study on ‘the changing climate: its impact on the Department for Transport’ identified potential impacts on the transport system from extreme weather events. Further details are available from the Department's website at:

www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/scienceresearch/key/thechangingclimateitsimpacto1909