LON­DON SNOW ALERT

Cap­i­tal has se­vere weather warn­ing in place amid warn­ings of dis­rup­tion to rail, roads and planes

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Lon­don has been placed un­der a weather alert with snow pre­dicted, amid dire warn­ings for rail, road and air travel.

Be­fore a sin­gle snowflake had even fallen in the cap­i­tal, 80 flights were can­celled at Heathrow due to ad­verse weather.

The Met Of­fice has is­sued a se­vere weather warn­ing for Lon­don - with snow pre­dicted– and has said if it set­tles it could cause dis­rup­tion to trans­port ser­vices.

Heathrow can­celled 80 flights. The ser­vices were can­celled due to bad weather. Pas­sen­gers were booked onto other flights, it was re­ported.

Bri­tish Air­ways said the weather will af­fect flights fly­ing out of Lon­don air­ports and have ad­vised pas­sen­gers to check their flight sta­tus be­fore trav­el­ling.

A fore­caster warned that the even­ing rush-hour would be when the worst weather hits the city and that con­tin­ued cold weather overnight could leave roads icy.

But Trans­port for Lon­don has promised the city will not grind to a halt if snow falls in the cap­i­tal.

TfL said staff were work­ing “round the clock” to en­sure the Tube, bus, rail and road net­works would not col­lapse when icy con­di­tions ar­rive.

A spokesman said TfL has a “well-re­hearsed and thor­ough plan to keep our road and rail net­works op­er­at­ing dur­ing snow and ice”.

But some Lon­don­ers are not con­fi­dent that the city’s trans­port will keep mov­ing and have been shar­ing their scep­ti­cism on so­cial me­dia.

One per­son wrote: “TfL can’t pro­vide a de­cent ser­vice dur­ing nor­mal weather their com­bined in­com­pe­tence pro­ceeds them @TfL @May­o­rofLon­don.”

An­other per­son agreed, writ­ing: “[Lon­don] grinds to a halt fre­quently with­out snow so I doubt it very much! @May­o­rofLon­don.”

And one Lon­doner joked: “Pre­pared for Lon­don to epi­cally come to a to­tal stand­still be­cause of a sin­gle snow flake #ug­gsin­my­bag @UGGUK #snow #Lon­don.”

Snow is al­ready caus­ing dis­rup­tion in parts of the UK af­ter bliz­zards hit, with heavy snow re­ported in North­ern Ire­land, Scot­land and the north of Eng­land.

The snow has been ac­com­pa­nied by gales in other parts of the UK with gusts ap­proach­ing 100 mph on Wed­nes­day.

The wind has caused dam­age to prop­er­ties in west York­shire and thou­sands of homes in Durham, Sun­der­land, Gateshead and Northum­ber­land have been left with­out power.

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