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Icy weather causes travel woes

What spring? Visitors to London are experiencing icy blasts Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Train passengers battling the icy blasts to get to work endured more travel misery today.

At Wimbledon in south west London speed restrictions of 5mph had to be imposed, with a number of South West Trains services cancelled and others being altered.

An electrical supply problem meant buses had to run between Oxted in Surrey and East Grinstead/Uckfield in Sussex and there were delays to services between Hurst Green and East Croydon.

Over-running engineering work meant there were delays through Selhurst station in south east London and the same problem meant disruption to East Coast and First Capital Connect services to and from King's Cross station in London.

Replacement buses had to run between New Barnet and Alexandra Palace in north London and journey times in and out of King's Cross were being extended by up to an hour.


Police in Merton see the funny side of cold snap

It isn't all doom and gloom; in south-west London, Merton Police have tried to lighten the mood by tweeting a picture of two snowmen, dressed in police garb and a row of police vans with faces drawn in the snow:

Forecasters have predicted it could be the coldest March in 50 years. In 1962, average temperatures for the month were 2.8C.

Snow causes football postponements

Barnet has appealed for fans to help clear the pitch of snow. Credit: Barnet FC

The snow has caused major problems for London's football clubs. Barnet sent out an appeal to their fans to help clear the pitch ahead of their game with Cheltenham. A pitch inspection will take place later this morning.

The club provided shovels to help get the pitch cleared. Credit: Barnet FC

However, several other games in League One and Two have already been postponed:

Crawley v Crewe

Sheffield Utd v Brentford

Burton v Wycombe

Port Vale v Aldershot

Rochdale v Southend


South-East airports operating despite snow

The airports which serve London are all continuing to operate despite the snow.

Heathrow said conditions were fine and it was not expecting any problems.

Gatwick said it was operating as normal but passengers should allow plenty of time for their journey to the airport.

There have been minor delays at Stansted and de-icing trucks had to be used. Luton also said they have had some delays to flights. Both airports advise passengers to allow extra time for their journey and to check the status of their flight with the airline before travelling to the airport.

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