There's Snow Business Like Snow Business
Harry Haddock asks; show me a cost / benefit analysis of providing an extreme weather capable infrastructure that will only be used once every 18 years against the proven cost of a day off work to the taxpayer
Well here's an idea that used to work eighteen years ago when we last had snow. Every autumn the council would ring round builders, forestry workers, farmers, anyone who might have a big bucket loader and say, "If it snows, we'll give you a call and you can go out and clear the roads and we will pay you x an hour, OK?"
First sign of snow and the go signal, every man jack of a loader driver was out there, me included. Capital cost to the council, zero. Standby costs, zero. If it didn't snow, no charge. Of course such an unregulated approach can't work now, so all those JCBs sat idle on abandoned building sites in London stayed idle whilst the roads remained blocked.