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.


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.”


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