Monday, 26 February 2018

Heavy snow cancels trains and flights as heavy snow sweeps across Britain

Hundreds of train services and dozens of flights have been cancelled as heavy snow sweeps across Britain, with warnings of more freezing weather on the way.
A total of 228 Greater Anglia trains are no longer running on Monday and Tuesday, while South Eastern passengers were told to finish journeys by 6pm today to avoid disruption.

British Airways said it had cancelled about 68 short-haul flights, with sub-zero temperatures set to last throughout the week.

A BA spokeswoman said: "We are offering flexible rebooking options for all short-haul customers on flights to and from Gatwick and Heathrow this week due to the adverse weather conditions which are forecast."

Train operator C2C said journeys after 9pm on Monday could be altered or cancelled due to the icy conditions, while Great Northern said it would run a "heavily reduced timetable" on Tuesday.

Greater Anglia, which will stop running services at 10pm on Monday, apologised for the disruption, saying the last time such heavy snow fell in the region was more than 25 years ago.

The Ministry of Defence said it had three battalions on standby to respond to weather-related emergencies.

The Met Office is predicting up to 20cm (7in) of snow in some parts of eastern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of Wednesday.

The wind chill in the UK, which could see parts of the country drop to temperatures as cold as -15C (23F), is on par with forecasts for parts of northern Norway and Iceland.

SKY      News.