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Runways disrupted, trains delayed, events cancelled as the ‘Beast from the East’ brings snow drifts & gales again

A lorry abandoned on the M42 Credit: Highways England

There’s major disruption across the Midlands with both runways at the region’s main airports facing closures because of high winds & snow drifts.

East Midlands Airport first shut its runway at 5:30am - meanwhile Birmingham Airport’s snow ploughs did keep things going until around 9:00am, but snow then began to drift back onto the cleared areas.

Birmingham has now reopened again and East Midlands estimates its runway could be clear by 10:30am.

There are also bus cancellations across the region, with numerous bus companies tweeting about delays and staff shortages.

Abandoned lorry on the M42 Credit: Highways England

Roads are also struggling with abandoned vehicles causing problems, like here on the M42 near Solihull where a lorry skidded closing two lanes.

Meanwhile in Nottinghamshire the County Council said its gritters have been working flat out to try to keep arterial routes moving.

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With the bad weather also comes the cancellation of multiple events which were taking place this weekend.

Derby County's championship home clash with Cardiff City has been postponed because of the snow. The club says the surrounding areas at Pride Park Stadium have been left in an unsafe condition for supporters, staff and officials.

Lincoln’s 10k city run has also been cancelled for safety reasons, and for a second day rides will be closed at the region’s largest theme park Alton Towers.

Its launch weekend of its new £16 million wooden roller coaster Wicker Man has been ruined by the ‘Beast from the East 2’.

Despite remaining open on Saturday, the attraction in Staffordshire has been forced to closed all of its major roller coasters on the opening weekend of the 2018 season.

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