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Europe's big freeze causes travel chaos

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Europe's big freeze causes travel chaos


Nerves of steel are needed on the roads in much of Europe where early winter weather has made getting to the office almost mission impossible.

Whatever your mode of transport, snow and ice are wreaking havoc in Britain and parts of France where thousands of lorries have simply ground to a halt.

“We have been here since yesterday everning,” said one lorry driver, stranded outside Saint-Etienne in eastern central France. “If we are still here until tonight, we have nothing to eat, it is a kilometre by foot to the toilets. There is nothing. We are shipwrecked.”

Edinburgh airport and Gatwick airport, south of London, are closed in Britain which has not seen such widespread early snowfall since 1993. The travel disruption caused has surprised some foreign visitors.

“In some ways, we kind of chuckle to ourselves because this is what we deal with every winter and Canada has the infrastructure set up to deal with it but, I mean, obviously here it is not the same thing,” said one Canadian woman, stuck at Edinburgh airport.

Around 100 or so stranded passengers spent the night at Geneva airport in Switzerland where flights were halted on Tuesday afternoon.

Elsewhere, temperatures in parts of Germany reached a record -18 degrees Celsius for December 1. The outlook for most of northern Europe is for continued cold weather.

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