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Heathrow fully operational but reduces flights

Heathrow Airport has been cleared, but bad visibility means the number of flights is reduced Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Heathrow Airport has announced that it's fully operational and has cleared all runways and taxiways of snow. But, it has cut the number of flights by 10% to cope with low visibility conditions. In a statement, it said:

"The schedule for today has been reduced by 10%in order to cope with the low visibility conditions expected from 1600 this afternoon. Low visibility means that, for safety reasons, there needs to be a bigger gap between aircraft.

Because Heathrow runs at almost 100% capacity there is no slack in the system and flights unfortunately have to be cancelled. Further cancellations are inevitable given the adverse weather conditions at other airports around Europe.

We ask that all passengers please check the status of their flight with their airline before they leave for the airport. We have over 200 additional customer services staff at Heathrow today to assist passengers as they come through the airport."


Drivers warned about "snowman cars"

Drivers are being warned to clear the roofs of their cars before setting off Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

The AA is warning of the dangers of driving with snow on the roof of the car. President Edmund King says:

"Drivers must clear the snow off their windscreens, lights and tops of their cars before setting out.

This morning we have spotted lots of 'snowman cars', which are cars driving along with piles of snow on their tops. I saw one sports car this morning on the M3 with almost a snowman of its roof but the dangerous thing was that it was being followed by a motorcycle.

The hardened snow could have been a real hazard, had it fallen off in the path of the motorcycle. We have also seen drivers peering out of small openings on their windscreen as if they were driving a tank.

The other issue is the number of cars with their lights and indicators compacted with hardened snow. Drivers need to take a broom to clear excess snow off their vehicles before setting out."


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TRAVEL: Rail - South West Trains

There is currently no service on South West Trains between Ascot and Ash Vale, between Salisbury and Bristol Temple Meads and between Virginia Water and Weybridge due to adverse weather conditions.

There will be no service on some routes all day today due to the forecast adverse weather. A revised service will run on the rest of the South West Trains network. Please check with the operator for the latest information.

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