Snow causes travel chaos

Commuters faced rush hour chaos this morning as four tube lines and several train services were hit by wintry weather.

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Video: the day the snow hit

London and the South East woke up to snow today - and pretty soon the transport chaos began.

Flights were disrupted at Luton and Stansted's runway was closed; rail commuters on overground services and on the tube were delayed because of ice; and on the roads, the AA had thousands of call outs - the 'bulk' of which were in Essex.

Marcus Powell reports on the day the snow hit.

Delays continue on South West Trains

A reduced service will be running on all South West Train services to and from Waterloo until the end of the day.

Hourly services are running on each route, so the carriages are expected to be extremely crowded.

Passengers can use First Great Western, London Underground, Southern trains and London buses on all reasonable routes.

More information is available from National Rail and South West Trains.


Government asking transport companies to 'liaise more closely with their weather forecasters'

Transport Minister Norman Baker said:

“A great deal of work has been done across the transport sector to prepare for winter and all key transport operators – including airports, train operating companies and Network Rail - have contingency plans in place to make sure that disruption to passengers is minimised in the event of severe weather.

“However, I am disappointed in the inconvenience caused to passengers today on the rail network, and am asking the industry to liaise more closely with their weather forecasters in order to be able to respond better in the future.”

Delays ease at Stansted Airport

Flights have returned to normal in and out of Stansted Airport, after the snow caused delays and cancellations this morning.

Airport bosses were forced to close the runway for a couple of hours this morning, after snow coated the ground.


Snow delays - tube and train update

A good service is now running on all London Underground lines, except the Metropolitan line which is experiencing minor delays.

Main line trains, however, are still experiencing long delays.

Services affected include First Capital Connect, South West Trains, Southeastern, Southern and Greater Anglia.

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