Airports, roads and railways have all been affected by heavy snowfall during the night, especially in the south and south east of England, depite advance warnings from the Met Office.
Luton, Stansted and Cardiff airports have been closed, with London City, Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Glasgow all now open, but experiencing delays.On the rail network, Southern Railways has severe delays and many cancellations, Virgin is not operating in Wales south of Crewe, and services to both Birmingham and Stansted are disrupted. Midland Mainline has some cancellations.The Highways Agency issued a statement that 'drivers are urged to avoid travelling unless absolutely necessary' and to take extra food and drink if they do.According to the director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce David Frost: 'The impact of this weather forecast on Britain will be huge. It is expected that the lateness and loss of work hours caused by transport disruptions will cost the British economy up to £400M.'This situation highlights the need for a real change in the UK travel infrastructure. More needs to be done to ensure that the UK has an infrastructure that is cost-efficient, timely, flexible and able to deal well with the strains of such an in-demand service. By doing this we will have a transport system that can keep Britain moving no matter the weather.'