Travellers face ongoing delays as snow persists
SHIVERING Britain was blanketed in snow again last night as winter's grip on the nation got tighter and brought more travel misery to the roads, rail and air.
Across the country snow fell and combined with layers of ice to create hazardous motoring conditions.
Train operators implemented reduced services which were set to continue today, and at Heathrow Airport – the world's busiest two-runway airport – more flights were cancelled for a third successive day.
Bosses cancelled 260 flights yesterday, 20% of Heathrow's usual business, and today 10% of flights were not planned to operate because of expected low visibility.
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A spokesman said: "It is possible that weather conditions at other European airports will increase the number of cancellations.
"Passengers due to travel are urged to check the status of their flight with their airline before travelling to the airport.
When there is low visibility, more space has to be left between aircraft.
"Many airports have plenty of spare runway capacity so aircraft can be spaced out more during low visibility without causing delays and cancellations.
"Because Heathrow operates at almost full capacity, there is simply no room to reschedule the delayed flights," he added.
The Heathrow Connect and Heathrow Express train services were also hit by major delays to and from the airport.
Motorists did not fare much better, with warnings to be careful in conditions like "skating rinks".
Edmund King, AA president, said: "Main roads and motorways are coping quite well with the snow so far. "However, many drivers can't get off their local residential streets and cul-de-sacs."