AN MP stuck in last week's “horrific” traffic jam on the M11 around Stansted Airport has called for a top-level inquiry.Richard Spring, MP for West Suffolk, was forced to spend last Thursday night in his car along with hundreds of other motorists when snow brought the M11 and a number of other trunk roads in the South East to a standstill.
AN MP stuck in last week's “horrific” traffic jam on the M11 around Stansted Airport has called for a top-level inquiry.
Richard Spring, MP for West Suffolk, was forced to spend last Thursday night in his car along with hundreds of other motorists when snow brought the M11 and a number of other trunk roads in the South East to a standstill.
Mr Spring has already called for Highways Agency bosses to face the sack for their handling of the situation and now he has written to Tim Matthews - its chief executive - urging him to instigate an “immediate and thorough inquiry into the chaos which ensued last week”.
The MP stressed: “Snow falls were relatively minor and it defies belief that adequate precautions were not taken. The Highways Agency has a statutory duty to maintain the motorways. It completely failed to do so last week with a level of almost indescribable incompetence at every stage.
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“I myself was stuck in the traffic jam there for thirteen-and-a-half hours. Happily, I was much better prepared personally for this, compared with many others who suffered real cold and distress.
“Clearly, lessons need to be learned from this.”
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The Highways Agency said it would be reviewing all its “processes and procedures”. A statement stressed: “We are continually monitoring the situation and we are trying to deal with the problems on the motorway network.”
It said last week's snow had a major impact on a large number of people: “And for many, who had to stay in their cars and vehicles overnight, it must have been a very unpleasant experience.”