Travellers endure a fifth day of snow delays

Travellers endure a fifth day of snow delays

UK rail services bore the brunt of the fifth day of snow and ice as Britain’s transport infrastructure continued to toil under the pre-Christmas bad weather. The East Cost Main Line out of King’s Cross in London was suspended after a power failure, while Eurostar cancelled a fifth of its trains to continental Europe. Less than a third of Heathrow flights were operating as passengers endured their fifth successive day of transport chaos, while Gatwick operated 696 flights and cancelled only 38. Coming to Heathrow’s defense Prime Minister David Cameron said: “Even BAA’s harshest critics have conceded that given the amount of snow that has fallen, extensive disruption is understandable. But if it’s understandable that Heathrow had to close briefly, I’m frustrated on behalf of all those affected that it’s taking so long for the situation to improve. The people stuck here are having an incredibly difficult time, especially just a few days from Christmas, and everything must be done to either get them on holiday or get them home safely.” A spokesman for BAA added: “Passengers should anticipate further delays and cancellations in the following days and potentially beyond Christmas Day.”

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