Trains, planes and automobiles: Snow causes travel chaos all round
As Britain braces itself for a month of travel chaos due to continued ice and freezing temperatures, a chorus of voices are being raised asking the question: why can't we cope?
Heathrow Airport owner BAA is still under fire after it axed half of all flights at the weekend - despite just three inches of snow and clear runways.
The disruption provided a stark contrast to airports across Europe where, despite record low temperatures, flights took off as normal.
In Munich, temperatures plunged to -27C but no disruption was reported. And passengers from Moscow, where flights took off snow blizzards and temperatures of -20C, were told they could not land at Heathrow.
The airport defended its decision, and Downing Street too jumped to its defence. Speaking to the Daily Mail, a spokesman said: "Last time we had problems with snow, we had significant queues and problems in airport terminals because people were turning up for flights that then didn't run.
"One of the recommendations from the inquiry that followed the experience was that airlines and airports needed to make those judgements slightly earlier to avoid that kind of disruption. That's what happened here.
"One noticeable thing at the weekend was that we didn't see those very long queues snaking out of the airports, because of the decisions that had been made."
Meanwhile on the roads, motorists have been warned to drive with extreme care after a series of accidents in icy conditions.
A 25-mile long section of the A1 in North Yorkshire was shut for hours following a number of collisions, and The RAC has reported the busiest February weekend in its history, with nearly double its normal calls. The worst affected area was Devon and Cornwall, which had twice the usual number of callourts, while the south of England had more than 80 per cent more breakdowns than usual.
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