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Sunday, June 16, 2024

Major disruption as snow causes chaos

London commuters faced major disruption this morning as the city woke up to white streets.

There were widespread delays across the capital’s tube network with lines facing delays and cancellations, and the Northern and Central Lines majorly affected.

Meanwhile the railways weren’t much better. Travellers were advised to check their routes to work due to heavy snow forecast and temperatures set to dip as low as -10C.

Network Rail urged people to avoid services at key London stations including London Bridge and King’s Cross where possible.

On the DLR there was no service between Bank/Tower Gateway and Westferry due to a signal failure in the Limehouse area.

Up in the sky

Heathrow and London City Airport both faced freezing conditions which caused delays and cancellations, with passengers advised to check their flight status with their airline.

Heathrow scrapped 119 flights whilst 91 services were cancelled at Gatwick today.

According to aviation analytics firm Cirium, 316 flights were cancelled today.

The mayhem continues as Londoners prepare for continued strikes on the rail and train network in the run-up to Christmas.

Road conditions

The heavy snow has also impacted the road network with thousands of drivers reporting breakdowns.

There is no service between Bank/Tower Gateway and Westferry due to a signal failure in the Limehouse area.

The AA has advised motorists to adjust their driving to the freezing conditions on Monday morning.

Sean Sidley, AA patrol of the year, said: “On a frosty morning, hazards like black ice can prove lethal if you don’t adjust your speed and driving style in colder weather.

“Always leave plenty of space behind other vehicles as stopping distances can be 10 times longer on icy roads. Allow extra time, as there may be delays to your normal routes, and make sure you pack winter essentials in the car such as warm, waterproof layers, a shovel, a torch, fully charged mobile phone and a flask of hot drink.”

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