There does seem to have been a marginal improvement in the management of the snow this time around. However, that does have to be said in the context of that this must be the fifth flurry we’ve had in the last three winters. Locally, the councils seem to have done quite well but I think the attention needs to turn to the government in terms of the fiasco that became Heathrow airport and also the Highways Agency for the motorways in the local area such as the M25 which became a car park.
My husband's family live in Staines and they told me they have not seen a single gritting lorry. My husband went shopping in Staines just before Christmas and said the town was like an ice rink - there had been no gritting or salting on pavements around the shops. I don't think Spelthorne Council managed to grit at all. However across the river in Egham I saw gritting lorries out and about during the bad weather.
I agree that something needs to be done about sustaining the major transport routes, such as the M25 and the airports. People still need to get about and this must be addressed. I did hear that South West Trains did a pretty good job though.