Snow causes more travel chaos

Snow causes more travel chaos

Snow continued to fall across the UK creating fresh chaos for travellers and closing Gatwick Airport for the second time in a week.

Heathrow is currently open but airport operator BAA is warning of cancellations and delays due to the weather.

Birmingham Airport and Cardiff Airport were also closed but both have now reopened but warned of severe delays and cancellations.

Train services have also been severely disrupted with East Coast, First Great Western, First TransPennine Express, London Midland, London Overground, National Express East Anglia, Northern Rail, South West Trains, Southeastern all experiencing delays and cancellations.

Eurostar, which was forced to cancel services last week, is running a “near normal” service today.

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Roads have also been affected and the M48 Old Severn Bridge is closed stranding drivers in Devon.

The severe weather warnings apply to north-west England, the West Midlands, Wales and southern England.

Forecasters are expecting up to 4cm (1.5in) of snow in some parts, before the weather eases at the weekend.

A statement on the Gatwick website updated at 12.30 today stated:

“Following continued snowfall the runway at Gatwick Airport is currently closed for snow clearance and is expected to remain closed until 16.00 when we anticipate limited re-opening for departing flights only.

There are significant delays and cancellations. Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the latest flight information.

We regret the disruption to our passengers’ travel plans but the safety of aircraft and passengers is our top priority.”

A statement from Heathrow read:

“Heathrow remains open, but cancellations are possible today due to the weather. Passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline.

“Our airfield team is working round the clock to keep both runways clear but the threat of further snow and ice at the airport remains.

“Please leave plenty of time for your journey to or from Heathrow and take extra care on the roads.”