Road, train and plane operators must work more closely with the Met Office and other forecasters if travel disruption is to be avoided in winter months, a group of MPs has said.
In a wide-ranging report into winter travel, the transport committee said:
- It is vital passengers receive up-to-date information of changes and disruption whenever possible.
- More needs to be done to keep pavements clear of snow and ice.
- Adverts broadcast across the whole of the UK should be used to educate people on how best to clear ice and snow from outside their homes.
- The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) needs to get better at communicating with airport passengers and make sure travel information is shared at airports across the UK
- The Highways Agency should make real-time travel information more accessible by reviewing barriers on this data and identify the best technology to do so.
- The Office of Rail Regulation needs to put pressure on rail companies to develop clear policies on working out how long disruption will last.
Weather warnings have been issued across the UK by the Met Office, who are urging people in coastal ares to be vigilant as heavy rain, high tides and gale force winds hit the country.
In Scotland, adverse weather is expected in the Highlands, Strathclyde, Central Belt, and the Borders.
The south west, south east and north west of England have been put on alert for high force winds.
Wales *and *Northern Ireland are also expected to bear the brunt of the bad weather.
Forecasters have warned there is more bad weather to come, with the Met Office issuing a severe weather warning for rain in southern England and western Scotland today.
The Met Office said that as much as 40mm (1.6in) of rain could fall on higher ground or coastal areas, and there are likely to be gales of 50-60mph.
The latest bad weather is set to push in from the Atlantic, crossing the UK from west to east. With the ground already saturated, some minor flooding is likely, it added.
The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings over fears of strong gales of up to 80mph and heavy rain affecting Wales, southern, western and northern England and Scotland.
Forecasters said the latest storm pushing in from the Atlantic will cross the UK from west to east today.
The Met Office also warned of the danger of ice patches in the south west as temperatures drop to below freezing.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for snow and icy conditions in Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland.
It forecasts accumulations of up to 20cm (8 inches) on higher ground in Scotland.
This map shows the distribution of flood warnings and alerts across England.
Winds gusting 70-80mph across central lowlands and southern Scotland at present. Major disruption to travel in the area.
The Met Office said gusts of wind hit 93.15mph at Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight at 2am:
Current maximum wind gust recorded at 0200 is 93.15mph at Needles Old Battery - Isle of Wight
The Met Office said gusts of wind reached 92mph at Needles Old Battery on the Isle of Wight at 1am:
Current maximum wind gust recorded at 0100 is 92mph at Needles Old Battery - Isle of Wight.
The Met Office has released a graphic showing heavy rainfall over parts of southern England.