Travel disruption expected in London after further snowfall

18:31 20 January 2013

People sledged in the snow at Alexandra Palace in north London yesterday. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

People sledged in the snow at Alexandra Palace in north London yesterday. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A fresh blanket of snow over London today will be welcomed by some but threatens to cause travel disruption into tomorrow morning.

Fresh snow fell in Chingford this morning. Picture: Susie8lue/TwitterFresh snow fell in Chingford this morning. Picture: Susie8lue/Twitter

The Met Office has issued a “yellow warning” for the capital and for south-east England with up to 6cm of snow expected to descend on top of existing ice.

The warning is in place until midnight tonight and sub-zero temperatures will continue for most of the week.

Heathrow Airport has cut its volume of planned flights today by 20 per cent in a bid to minimise the expected disruption caused by the snowfall and ongoing poor visibility.

Travellers were forced to sleep overnight at Heathrow on Friday after more than 500 flights were cancelled over the past two days.

The sledging started early in Primrose Hill this morning. Picture: InPrimroseHill/TwitterThe sledging started early in Primrose Hill this morning. Picture: InPrimroseHill/Twitter

Gatwick Airport has also reminded people to check with their airlines before travelling in case of delays or cancellations but earlier tweeted that “we are ready and prepared”. Stansted Airport is currently operating as normal.

London City Airport has now closed its airport until tomorrow morning.

Also today, delays are expected on the Eurostar in and out of St Pancras to Paris and Brussels because of speed restrictions.

Services cancelled today are the 14:04 London St Pancras to Brussels, the 15:15 Paris North to London St Pancras, the 17:31 London St Pancras to Paris North and 18:56 Brussels to London St Pancras.

The snow settled sharply in the centre of town this morning. Picture: joshjwebster/TwitterThe snow settled sharply in the centre of town this morning. Picture: joshjwebster/Twitter

Customers can exchange their tickets for another service within 60 days.

Southern and South West Trains services through Epsom are also disrupted because of the conditions. South West Trains services running from Wimbledon to Guildford via Ewell West will now divert via Cobham & Stoke D’Abernon.

First Great Western services from Paddington to Oxford have also reported “moderate disruption”.

For Monday, South West Trains is to run an amended timetable, with services from London Waterloo to Chessington South, Shepperton, and Hampton Court running during peak hours.

Five-year-old Max built this impressive snowman in Bexleyheath. Picture: ClareTwirler/TwitterFive-year-old Max built this impressive snowman in Bexleyheath. Picture: ClareTwirler/Twitter

Southern will also run a revised timetable on Monday and has cancelled several services to Brighton, the Brighton to Victoria Gatwick Express service, services from Norwood Junction to London Bridge and both ways from West Croydon to London Bridge.

Many Southeastern and First Capital Connect services are running with delays of up to 30 minutes.

A signalling problem caused disruption at Ealing Broadway earlier, leading to delays of up to 60 minutes to and from London Paddington.

Ice on the roads is also likely to cause tricky driving conditions.

The snow came down thick and fast in Southwark. Picture: lynneagles/TwitterThe snow came down thick and fast in Southwark. Picture: lynneagles/Twitter

A Highways Agency spokesman said: Drivers are also advised to plan their journey before they set out, to check the forecast and road conditions, to leave extra time if travel conditions are poor and to consider delaying their journey if the weather becomes severe.

Related articles

Latest London transportation news

Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Prudential Ride London 2015 takes in the capital's most striking landmarks (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The capital’s cycling festival is back this year bigger and better, so we’ve put together a handy guide with everything you need to know about Prudential RideLondon 2015.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Not fun: Part of the Victoria Line will closed in August and the rest of the line extremely busy

The top part of the Victoria Line will be closed for most of August, with no service between Seven Sisters and Walthamstow Central, and a reduced service on the rest of the line. Here’s everything you need to know about the closure.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Commuters face heavy traffic (Picture: PA Images)

Drivers are stuck in three-hour queues in some places due to a collision that has caused chaos on the M25, A2 Dursley Road and the northbound approach of the Blackwall Tunnel.

Monday, July 27, 2015
Euston station

Rush hour delays of up to 20 minutes are expected past 8am due to over-running engineering works between Watford Junction and Harrow & Wealdstone,

Thursday, July 23, 2015
Nick Brett was charged £310 for a £2 Santander Cycle journey (Picture: PA Images)

An east Londoner today discovered he was charged over £300 by TfL for a 15 minute Boris bike ride, London24 reports.

Thursday, July 23, 2015
A signalling problem is causing delays at Waterloo (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

South West Trains services to and from Waterloo are experiencing delays of up to 15 minutes - or not calling at the terminus at all.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get your hands on some fresh trainers!

Need some new shoes to head to work or some new heels for a night on the cobbles? London24 has teamed up with online retailer Sole Trader to offer £100 worth of shoes to one lucky reader.

Read more
Take in the stunning sites of London from the summit of the O2!

Up at The O2 has teamed up with London24 to give one lucky reader the chance to experience urban mountaineering this summer with an exhilarating 90-minute climb across the roof of one of London’s most iconic landmarks.

Read more
Terrific tea, creamy cakes and splendid sandwiches at Mews of Mayfair.

Celebrate a truly quintessentially British tradition with the chance of winning a luxurious Afternoon Tea for two people at Mews of Mayfair, complete with a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne.

Read more