As local authorities across the country defended their response to the biggest snowfall in almost two decades, the London Assembly announced details of its inquiry.
Gritting services came under fire from Transport for London (TfL) on Monday following the decision to take the capital’s entire bus fleet off the roads for safety reasons.
Val Shawcross (Lab), who chairs the assembly’s transport committee, said it was vital to “be clear about whether TfL and the councils are getting their co-operation right”.
“I think that one of the questions would be, if you did focus your resources could you at least maintain some key routes that never went down?” she said.
London Councils said 5,000 tonnes of grit were used on the capital’s streets ahead of Monday’s bus cancellations.
Elsewhere, Essex County Council used 65 gritter lorries and Gateshead Council 400 council workers to clear snow. Newham Council deployed snowploughs for the first time, putting down 40g of salt per metre - four times the usual amount.