Delays between Norwich and Ely until further notice
Delays between Hayes and London Bridge until further notice
Buses replace trains between Kilwinning and Johnstone until further notice
Delays between Bromsgrove and Birmingham New Street until further notice
Delays between Fareham and Portsmouth Harbour / Havant until further notice
Amended service between Manchester Victoria and Salford Central until further
Changes to some Gatwick Express services affected by snow and ice
A reduced service between Hackney Downs and London Liverpool Street until
07.45 Heathrow decided against cutting the number of flights to and
from the airport ahead of heavy snowfall, the FT reports, even though a
reduction could have prevented widespread disruption, according to analysts.
Heathrow Airport Holdings decided last Thursday not to cut flights even though
it was aware snow was forecast for Friday. Hundreds of passengers were
forced to spend the night at the airport after 37 per cent of flights had to
Heahtrow’s difficulties in coping with snow stem from its status as Europes’
busiest airport. If one runway has to close temporarily, affected flights
cannot be moved to a different time slot because the airport runs at almost
07.35 Road closures:
The A66 is closed in both directions between the junctions with the A685
(Brough) and the A67 (Bowes) due to hazardous driving conditions.
The A38 in Cornwall is closed eastbound after the Tamar Bridge, between the
junctions of the B3413 and the A386, due to an incident.
07.19 The AA has said breakdowns were being reported yesterday at a
rate of around 2,000 an hour with the busiest areas being the Midlands,
London, the South West and the South East. Total call-outs numbered more
07.07 Airport and rail network update:
Birmingham and Newcastle airports say flights are subject to delays.
Five Eurostar services have been cancelled.
A British Airways aircraft taxis at Heathrow (photo: Reuters)
06.58 As we report in the Telegraph today,
parents are facing a mounting childcare bill after snowfalls closed more
than 5,000 schools yesterday and threatened to cause chaos for the
rest of the week.
One-in-six primary and secondary schools across the UK is believed to have
shut on Monday because of concerns over unsafe playgrounds and icy roads in
the surrounding area.
But some mothers and fathers took to social networking websites to hit out
over the late closure of schools. Some were not warned about the decision
until 9am – making it almost impossible to arrange emergency childcare.
Martin Stott, the headmaster of fee-paying Old Hall preparatory school, near
Telford, criticised schools that closed because of snow or ice. He said:
In the middle of a recession, parents have to work even harder to make ends
meet and it’s vital that they don’t take time off unnecessarily when the
school holidays already stretch them in terms of childcare arrangements.
If all schools were self-employed, then every one of them would stay open,
regardless of the weather, because they couldn’t afford not to.
The knock on effects of school closures ripple far and wide for families,
businesses and the entire economy.
06.50 More severe weather is on the way, forecasters predict.
Up to 10cms of snow is expected to fall this morning in parts of Scotland and
northern England and a further 2cms in East Anglia, followed by around 6cms
in southern England this evening.
A forecaster for MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association,
said: “With more snow coming today, we can expect more disruption.
“Temperatures were very low overnight, as low as -11.3 in
Buckinghamshire, and will be low again tonight with many places struggling
to stay above freezing during the day.
“The rest of the week will see widespread frost and showers.”
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings as rain falling on to frozen
surfaces increases the risk of ice.
Amber warnings remain in place for heavy snow across the higher ground of
north-east England and eastern Scotland while yellow warnings are in place
for ice and snow across parts of South Wales and western England.
A snow plough makes way down the A68 in Scotland (photo: Getty images)
06.32 Cancellations and delays to flights and trains are expected to
cause havoc for yet another day as another round of snow descends on
Heathrow airport is fully operational today but it warned passengers to expect
delays and cancellations.
Gatwick has also said delays are possible.
Rail network updates:
Gatwick Express trains are subject to delays and cancellations
Eurostar services continue to be delayed
Greater Anglia trains to and from Stansted airport may be running up to 60
Southern is running an amended timetable
East Coast services are subject to disruption and there are delays of up to 40
minutes to trains between London Kings Cross and Berwick-upon-Tweed / Hull /
South West Trains are expected to run as normal
06.30 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the weather situation
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