Icy UK roads make travelling difficult, cause widespread disruptions

Published on : Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Icy UK roadsTravellers are facing difficult times while traversing through icy conditions across much of the UK. The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for ice from 16:00 GMT until Wednesday 11:00 GMT, with the worst affected areas likely to be Scotland and the north of England.

The Met Office’s warning covers Wales, parts of Scotland and much of England – including the Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber, London, the South East, East, South West, the North East and North West of the UK.

A low of -13C (9F) was recorded on Monday night in Shawbury, Shropshire – the coldest night of the year so far.

The Met Office said the chance of ice was highest across parts of Scotland and northern England where rain might fall onto frozen surfaces. Those areas were also likely to see a few centimetres of fresh snow on high ground.

“There will probably be icy stretches on untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths with some injuries possible from slips and falls,” the Met Office added.

The Automobile Association had its busiest day of the year on Monday, with about 25,000 calls from motorists.

Hundreds of schools have remained closed for a second day. More than 350 schools in the West Midlands, some 200 in Shropshire and more than 300 schools in Wales have said they are not opening for a second day.

The deep freeze also left tens of thousands without power on Sunday and Monday and there were 220 homes still without supply in the West Midlands early on Tuesday.

Travel-wise, Arriva Trains Wales, Great Western Railway, Greater Anglia and London Northwestern Railway are reporting major delays.

Eurotunnel also said services were running with delays due to “extreme weather conditions”, with waits of six hours for passengers departing from Calais and those leaving from Folkestone.

It recommended customers cancelled or changed their travel plans.

Heathrow airport in west London said the “majority” of departures and arrivals would run as scheduled on Tuesday, but advised passengers to check before travelling because of bad weather in Europe.

P&O ferries are delayed by up to two-and-a-half hours because of the weather. Travellers are being told to check in and will be put on the first available sailing.


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