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Freak snowstorms cause transport chaos

South East England was brought to a standstill this morning by record snowfalls, with trains and buses cancelled, airports closed and motorways blocked.

Commuters woke this morning to a transport network paralysed by up to 25cm of snow.

News of train services was impossible to come by as the National Rail inquiry line and website crashed. Trains to and from Surrey and Kent were all cancelled. Transport for London cancelled all buses and significantly reduced services were running on the London Underground.

Despite the Highways Agency blitzing trunk roads with up to 500 gritting lorries, the M25, M3 and other major roads all saw some sections closed. The Highways Agency website also crashed, making a mockery of its self-proclaimed role as network operator.

Luton, Southampton, Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted airports have all had many services cancelled with runways closing periodically for snow clearance. Trains to and from the airports are also cancelled leaving passengers stranded. As of 8.20 Heathrow was forced to cancel all flights as both runways fell victim to the snow.

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