Snow brings travel chaos to the UK

Snow brings travel chaos to the UK

Travel around the UK remains treacherous and in parts impossible following heavy snowfall and arctic temperatures across most of the country.

Despite 100,000 tons of snow being cleared from its runways, London’s Gatwick Airport remained closed on Thursday but was finally opened today (Friday) after two days of closure. Some small airports around the UK were still closed on Friday, and all air passengers should check with their carrier and prepare for delays.

Trains across the country have been badly affected, and Eurostar routes were still suffering delays or cancellations. The company has said it will be operating an emergency timetable until Sunday. Passengers are again advised to check before you travel.

On the roads, many vehicles are still abandoned following heavy snow storms, making it difficult for gritting lorries to make progress, though most major routes are now passable. Because of black ice across the road network, drivers are still being warned to stay at home unless their journey is vital.

For tourists visiting the capital, central London is still moving, with tube and bus services running a near-normal service.

Further snow is expected over the next few days, with weather warnings issued on Friday by the Met Office for Strathclyde and Central, Tayside and Fife, while there are icy road warnings for Orkney and Shetland, the Highlands, the South West, Lothian and Borders. Forecasters say low temperatures will remain in place for the upcoming week.

The UK is not the only country to have been hit by the cold snap. The deep freeze has claimed around 30 lives of homeless people in Poland, while France and Germany have also been badly hit by snow and ice.

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