Thursday, 2 December 2010

Someone pays for bad weather

Last winter I wrote about problems caused by bad weather. People couldn't get to work. Well here we go again. I even heard that a university rugby team did not want to travel up the M6 because they could have been delayed getting home. These are possibly the same students who choose to walk across the antarctic as a hobby, but slow driving on the M6 is a bit too challenging.

A year ago I called for a mandatory interview question. How would you get to work if it snowed? Are we really so unfit and so incapable that we can't wear boots and walk through snow to get to work? One survey showed that 57% of workers arrived late for work yesterday, but who should pay for failure to work? One person interviewed on the news last night felt it was unfair that he should lose out. Well somebody has to.

My experience of Lancaster traffic was that it was lighter than usual. I suppose the weather put some people off completely and even though it was snowing heavily as I drove home I was driving faster than usual. I had the same experience driving to work yesterday. It did take five minutes to defrost the car but it just meant setting off five minutes earlier and my twenty-five minute journey took fifteen.

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  1. Perhaps Lancaster should be under a permenant blanket of snow? .....To help ease traffic flow!

  2. This is very apt.

    I was supposed to be starting a short course on Wednesday of this last week at Stockport College. However, I turned up at the college only to discover that the first session had been cancelled because of the weather. The thing is, though, most of the people affected by the cancellation probably lived in the vicinity of stockport, but I had no difficulty in traversing several miles via public transport to get to Stockport, and no difficulty getting home afterwards either.

    On the other hand, I suppose the cancellation can be seen as making sense because some people living in the hills might genuinely have had difficulty attending. Steep hills can definitely make a difference.