Travel affected as ‘Beast from the East’ continues

Travel affected as ‘Beast from the East’ continues

Many parts of the UK were blanketed in snow overnight as the so-called ‘Beast from the East’ arrived, bringing disruption to roads, rail and air travel.

Commuters in eastern parts of the country woke up for a second day to icy road conditions, with police in Kent issuing warnings to drivers to stay safe in the dangerous conditions.

Despite efforts by train operators to keep tracks clear overnight, many are running reduced timetables today, with some announcing cancellations before the snow began to fall yesterday.

Along with pre-emptive cancellations from British Airways across the country and 100 axed flights at Heathrow, London City, Glasgow International and Newcastle airports are reporting delays and cancellations this morning while they clear snow from the runways. All airports expect to re-open their runways shortly.

The Met Office says heavy snow is expected to continue throughout today, with the potential for up to 40cm of accumulation in higher elevations in some parts of Scotland, eastern England and Northern Ireland. More snow and ice is expected in the capital on Thursday and Friday.

Anyone planning to travel over the next few days is advised to check the status of their service before departing.