It is expected to be another day of transport chaos in Britain, thanks to the heaviest snowfall in almost two decades. The south east was worst hit yesterday, with sleet and snow heading north today, and there are severe ice warnings in the south. Thousands of schools are staying closed again and millions of people will not be making it into work for a second day.
London has been brought to a virtual standstill. But Mayor Boris Johnson does not believe the city should invest in snow-clearing equipment. “We don’t have snow ploughs in sufficient quantities in this city to deal with the roads that are currently impassable. And nor do I think it would be a good investment of taxpayers’ money to have snow ploughs for an incident of a kind that only occurs once every 20 years,” he said.Air traffic has been badly disrupted. Fortunately no-one was hurt when a Cyprus Airline plane skidded off a runway at Heathrow. Across the country, passengers can expect another day of delayed or cancelled flights.
The harsh weather is also hitting France badly. The French capital, Paris, saw similar conditions to those in London. Authorities have eased their severe weather warnings slightly. But once again, plummeting temperatures are expected to turn snowy roads into even more dangerous, icy ones.