Got the hump with the snow

Ours is one of those villages built around a single road about half a mile from the main road. During last winter's snow chaos, the village was cut off for three days because the county council 'did not have the available resources' to clear our access road. There was, of course, no council tax rebate. This time, our Parish Council has made an arrangement with a local farmer. His tractor and plough blade with two lads on the back shovelling grit have kept the village roads clear except for five small streets with cushions and bumps (courtesy of the County Council). The farmer won't try going over these obstructions in case he damages his equipment or the road surfaces. Given the sheer number of such traffic calming measures, how, I wonder, has this affected snow clearance nationwide?

Asked on 28 November 2011 by MM, via email

Answered by Honest John
Massively. The snow lying on roads over speed cushions cannot be cleared other than with snow blowers, leaving the roads lethally dangerous. Anyone crashing on such a road as a result of being deflected by an ice and snow covered speed cushion should sue the council for all of the damage.
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