Sussex council claims lessons learned from snow chaos

Aircraft on the runway at Gatwick during the snow in January 2010
Image caption Flights from Gatwick airport were cancelled, while rail and road journeys faced serious disruption

Lessons have been learned from the winter weather that caused chaos across Sussex, a local authority has said.

East Sussex County Council has reviewed how the public and voluntary services coped with the icy conditions in 2010.

The council has set out improvements to its winter maintenance service following the review.

In January flights from Gatwick airport were cancelled and delayed, while rail and road journeys faced serious disruption.

The council said it would keep residents better informed with maps of road gritting routes.

It will also store salt on behalf of district and borough councils, and provide salt storage bags and grit bins at key locations.

Matthew Lock, the cabinet member for transport and the environment, said it was crucial to maintain essential services.

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