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.

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