An initial inquiry into the apparent ‘slow reaction’ of Heathrow Airport to deal with last month’s snow has revealed that the ‘major investment in counter snow technology’ announced by BAA was nothing more than the ordering of an extra wide shovel for the worker whose job it was to clear the snow from the runways of the UK’s premier transport hub.
Whilst acknowledging that BAA were factually correct in their claim that they had increased spending on ‘snow clearance strategy by 145%’ the inquiry was told in monetary terms this represented an increase from £19.99 to £28.99 for a wider shovel from B & Q in order that the ‘snow clearance operative’, 53 year old Ted Harvey, could ‘execute his job more efficiently’.
At the hearing, Mr Harvey could give no reasons for the failure of the slow clearance procedures. ‘It’s beyond me,’ said the veteran. ‘Whenever we’ve had snow in the past it’s disappeared as if by magic.’