Flights to and from the UK have been hit by severe bad weather. Yesterday, London Heathrow airport saw cancellations of one in ten flights due to snowfall and bad weather conditions.
In a statement Heathrow has reported that, ‘The airport is fully operational although there may be some disruption to flights due to weather conditions in the United Kingdom and across Europe. Please allow extra time for your journey to the airport and check the status of your flight with your airline before travelling.’
Flights from all other UK airports, including Bristol, Aberdeen, Luton, Birmingham, Southampton, Belfast, and Stansted, have also been disrupted, and passengers have been advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.
Meanwhile, train services have seen most disruption on those routes served by ScotRail, Grand Central, First Hull Trains, First Great Western, and East Coast rail operators. All other train services in the UK are currently running on time.
More snow is expected in Southern England. The Highways Agency of the Department for Transport (DfT) has reported, ‘Road users in South West England are being advised to check the latest weather forecast and road conditions before they travel today (Tuesday 22 January and overnight into the morning of Wednesday 23 January), due to the forecast of further snow. As a result of the snow the Highways Agency has issued an Amber Alert and customers are advised to take extra care when travelling due to the increased risk of adverse driving conditions.
The Highways Agency, which is responsible for motorways and other major roads in England, and is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.
Drivers are also advised to plan their journey before they set out, to check the forecast and road conditions, to leave extra time if travel conditions are poor and to consider delaying their journey if the weather becomes severe.
Up-to-date information on road conditions across England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling 0300 123 5000.’