Scotland's transport minister quits over snow chaos

11th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

Scotland's Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson quit on Saturday following harsh criticism of his handling of the travel chaos caused by the winter cold snap.

Scotland's main airports faced shutdowns last week and road and rail journeys were severely disrupted, with a large stretch of the motorway linking the main cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh completely closed.

Hundreds of motorists were stuck in their cars in freezing temperatures as the snow set in.

Stevenson has described the cold snap as the "worst snow and ice conditions since the 1960s" in Scotland.

He resigned with a letter to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.

"Although we put in place significant efforts to tackle the event, I feel that I could have done much more to ensure that members of the public who were caught up in a difficult and frightening set of circumstances were better informed of the situation," he wrote.

"I deeply regret that and for that reason I feel I should step down."

Scotland's parliament handles matters devolved from the British parliament in London, including transport.

© 2010 AFP

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