Snow causes travel woes across UK

Predictions of heavy snow have failed to prevent chaos on Britain`s roads and railways.

The worst snowfall to hit the country in 18 years saw all bus services in London cancelled, as well as dozens of trains. Some airport runways, including both at Heathrow, were also temporarily closed due to the weather.

A blanket of snow across most of Britain saw ploughs and gritters out in full force in a bid to clear the beleaguered road network.

The last time the UK experienced such widespread snowfall was in February 1991, according to Met Office forecaster Helen Chivers. She said: "And we're going to get more. There are a lot of showers still coming in from the North Sea."

She also said a large area of sleet and snow showers was also moving out of France and heading to the UK to hit Kent and London, before moving across East Anglia and northern England.

North and central areas of Hampshire were worst hit with travel disruption due to at least 3in (8cm) of snow. Some roads were impassable in the morning rush hour and at the same time the M3 northbound was down to one lane.

Police closed the A66 route which links Cumbria and County Durham for at least 24 hours, while the trans-Pennine link was shut at 2am because of the bad weather.

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