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Snow joke: Gridlocked roads show need for more grit

One drop of snow…….

Inside Croydon

STEVEN DOWNES on the entirely predictable panic over a bit of winter weather

Oh dear. Heavens knows how we would manage with really severe snowfalls and winter weather were we in Cologne or Katowicz. But we’re in Croydon, so yesterday evening, after barely half an hour’s sprinkling of snow, reports were coming in that traffic in the town centre had ground to a halt.

A Croydon tram navigates the slush last night - but delayed by inconsiderate drivers blocking junctions A Croydon tram navigates the slush last night – but delayed by inconsiderate drivers blocking junctions

And so the blame game began. “Who will Tony Newman blame?” was one question posed via social media. Someone else asked: “Why hasn’t the council gritted the roads properly? It’s all so predictable.”

As indeed it is.

Even the council’s excuses about the lateness of its gritting operation were familiar from the last time the council failed to have the borough’s major thoroughfares gritted in advance of the arrival of…

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