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Europe's winter travel nightmare continues

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Europe's winter travel nightmare continues


The severe winter weather continues to paralyse much of Europe.

Germany especially has been struggling to cope with the harsh temperatures and heavy snowfall.
Freezing overnight winds swept the north of the country, causing travel chaos. In one of the worst affected areas hundreds of drivers got stuck after several trucks slid and blocked a motorway.
They were later freed but many routes were still impassable early on Sunday morning.

Berlin was also hit by winter’s wrath. The German capital’s authorities have been trying to get the city moving again after 27 centimetres of snow fell during the night. However, efforts have been hampered by shortages of road gritting salt.

Many other European countries have also been battered by the big freeze. In France, the extreme conditions have resulted in long delays at the country’s main travel hubs, notably Lyon, where some 800 passengers were forced to pass an uncomfortable night at the city’s airport after large-scale cancellations.

Elsewhere, in Geneva in Switzerland, all flights were stopped after the airport’s runways became completely blocked. Swiss authorities said they were working round the clock to get services back to normal.

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