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Major travel disruption during icy blast of winter weather

Commuters were facing 24 hours of travel disruption as rail bosses began cancelling trains and suspending services ahead of an icy blast of winter weather.

Passengers using Southeastern from Victoria, Charing Cross and London Bridge were urged to get home by 6pm to avoid being caught out.

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Greater Anglia warned the last train from Liverpool Street would leave at 10pm with services being run down from 8pm.

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C2C said cancellations and alterations would begin at 9pm, affecting trains between Fenchurch St and Essex. The company plans to operate a ‘limited timetable only’ tomorrow. It advised passengers not to travel.

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Transport for London said Network Rail’s emergency snow plan meant no trains on London Overground after 10.15pm.

TfL Rail services between Essex and London will stop at 11pm and not begin running until after 7am tomorrow morning.

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Network Rail said 30cm of snow forecast overnight, created a risk of snow drifts, frozen points and signals stuck on red. Falling branches from trees could damage overhead wires and block tracks.