Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Snow and ice cause travel chaos across Britain
Heavy snow and icy roads are causing chaos across most of the UK, where Met Office severe weather warnings are in place as the "deep freeze" continues.
Hundreds of schools closed, many roads are hazardous, and buses, trains and planes have been delayed. Several airports have suspended flights.
Snow fell in Scotland, and large parts of England and Wales, in what is said to be the coldest snap in decades. Snowfalls of up to 30cm (12in) have been forecast for southern England.
Forecasters say the band will stretch from London to Cardiff, and warn some areas may even see 40cm (16in) of snow on higher ground on Tuesday evening.
Southeastern Trains will also be on a revised timetable. It said only a "limited number of services" would arrive in London before 0900 GMT. Southampton Airport closed on Tuesday evening, and there is widespread congestion on many of Hampshire's roads due to heavy snow. The A27 was blocked in both directions between the M27 junction and Segensworth because of abandoned cars. All flights in and out of Gatwick and London Luton airports have been suspended.
Other problems have included:
Liverpool John Lennon Airport shut twice but reopened at 2030. Passengers are advised to check with their airline
All bus services have been suspended in Merseyside, and the same applies to "virtually all" buses in Manchester
Train services between Inverness and Aviemore continue to be disrupted after a freight train was derailed
East Coast Main Line is operating a revised timetable due to the adverse weather. Some services may be subject to alteration, cancellation or delay
Dozens of Easyjet flights have been cancelled from both UK and European airports
North West Ambulance Service is only responding to life-threatening cases, as weather hinders emergency vehicles
Buses across Yorkshire badly affected, with many running only on major routes
For more information and video reports via the BBC News website click here
Posted by D.Drake
Labels: Frozen Britain Early 2010, GCSE Gg WJEC from 2009 - Theme 2: Natural Environment, KS3 Gg Wild Weather