Transport chaos in Europe's deep freeze

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Transport chaos in Europe's deep freeze

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The freezing weather that has caused havoc in much of northern Europe is not letting up.

In Poland eight homeless people died in the space of 24 hours – half the number who perished in the whole of November. At Bialystok in the east, temperatures dropped as low as -33 degrees Celsius.

The freeze has hit many European countries, from Portugal to Russia.

About half of Thursday’s Eurostar services connecting London with Paris and Brussels are being cancelled. Wednesday also saw cancellations and delays of up to 90 minutes.

The worst winter weather in Britain for almost two decades has covered much of the country in snow.

Thousands of schools are closed; Edinburgh airport has been shut until at least Thursday morning, as has London’s Gatwick, one of the country’s busiest.

Police nearby described conditions as the worst they had ever known.

One survey found that more than half of Britons were late for work on Wednesday. They may be again: further heavy snow is forecast in eastern Scotland, as well as eastern, central and southern England.