With London Snow Comes the Usual Travel Woes

Feb 6th, 2012 | By | Category: Featured London Article, Hotel-Assist News

It is true that London under a blanket of pristine snow can be a stunning sight. Many a citizen will complain about the unrealistic weather in movies such as Bridget Jones and Love Actually, where the snow arrives with more precision than the London trains at Christmastime, but when it does snow in the city, albeit a few months after Christmas, it transforms into a Dickensian diorama of rosy-cheeked frolickers. But for every snowman on Hampstead Heath and Hyde Park there is another irksome transport issue affecting travellers in, and arriving into London. So if your trip to London is planned over the next few days…

 

It seems that all transport options, from flying to biking have been adversely affected by the weather conditions, and chaos will continue to reign until the snow has abated. An icy M25 has caused accidents with dangerous driving conditions, despite 2,000 tons of grit being used. This has consequently led to travellers sleeping in laybys and seven-hour delays.

 

With an ‘Amber’ alert in place, the second highest, severe weather warning, planes at Heathrow have been grounded, with over half of the outbound flights cancelled. This may sound like bad news for those who are planning to leave or visit London in the near future, but Heathrow representatives are putting a positive spin on events stating that they are working to clear the backlog of flights and stating that their ‘snow-plan’ has worked better than in previous years, so it may be that everything is back to normal soon. Extra staff have also been drafted in to help during the disruption. Elsewhere, Luton and Stansted Airports are operating as usual and Gatwick has only had to cancel nine flights, but is otherwise running smoothly. Trains have also experienced some signal failures, although are reportedly running to schedule.

 

It isn’t all bad news though, whilst transport disruptions may be irritating to London visitors and cause minor delays, London isn’t as badly affected as other areas of the UK, which have experienced up to six inches of snowfall. The freezing weather is now expected to head eastwards, so London should soon emerge from its snow standstill, so if you are stranded in the city, the best thing to do now is join the revellers in London’s parks and grab a few snowballs before it all turns to slush.

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