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Dangerous conditions for drivers after salt supplies run perilously low

Drivers faced hazardous conditions on the roads last night as authorities cut back on gritting and forecasters warned more snow was on the way.

Transport Secretary Lord Adonis said the Highways Agency and local authorities agreed to cut salt use on roads by “at least 25%” as supplies ran critically low.

But shadow transport secretary Theresa Villiers said the Government had failed to learn the lessons of the last spell of heavy snow in February 2009.

And she insisted the call for councils to reduce their use of salt was an “admission of guilt” by the Government.

Ms Villiers's charge came after Transport Minister Sadiq Khan acknowledged fresh measures were likely to be needed over the next 48 hours “to keep Britain moving”.

Shadow energy secretary Greg Clark added: “This winter has exposed how fragile Britain's energy security is following a decade of Government indifference.

“Britain must do what our competitors do — have enough storage to see us through the winter.”

Snow and ice continue to cause problems on the trains, with many rail companies operating revised timetables and warning passengers to expect some cancellations to services.

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