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Grit stock crisis worsens as Mayor Boris Johnson demands government action

PUBLISHED: 17:59 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:41 07 September 2010

Boris Johnson has warned more must be done to stop London running out of grit completely tonight (Wednesday, January 6) The mayor has asked for action after Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said there was not enough salt in the capital to ensure borough

Boris Johnson has warned more must be done to stop London running out of grit completely tonight (Wednesday, January 6)

The mayor has asked for action after Transport Commissioner Peter Hendy said there was not enough salt in the capital to ensure boroughs and Transport for London (TfL) work effectively.

He also warned boroughs would be unwilling to share grit because of a lack of confidence in the supply.

As a result the mayor has appointed a representative to the Salt Cell, the government body which prioritises the areas to receive grit, which is due to meet tomorrow (Friday).

The Mayor said: "In London we have done everything feasible to prepare for the bad weather, but we are now at a point where the government's 'salt cell' supply system is faltering.

"This is not a dress rehearsal, it is the real thing, and everything must be done to get the supply moving and avoid the situation of London running out of salt to keep the roads open.

"We have now secured a strategic voice for London on the body that prioritises who gets the salt, and this way we can ensure that London gets its fair share."

Already Barnet Council has announced side roads won't be gritted this evening as it needs to prioritise main roads in the borough.

Overall, 25 per cent fewer roads in Barnet will be gritted this evening.

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