Evening snow storms set to cause more havoc on trains

first_img whatsapp Sunday 19 December 2010 10:23 pm FREEZING conditions and further snowfall are threatening to leave commuters stranded this evening.“The forecast is for continuing freezing weather and for more snow on Monday evening which will have an effect on services,” said a spokesman for Southeastern trains.Late evening delays are more likely than delays in the morning, he said. If track temperatures stay below zero degrees then any moisture will freeze, threatening services in and out of London.The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the South East of heavy snow and widespread icy roads. “We strongly advise customers to check our website for the latest information,” said First Capital Connect.South West are running “ghost trains” through the night to stop lines freezing. Employees will be redeployed to stations near their homes, in order to keep the network staffed, said Corinne O’Loughlin of South West trains.Tube and bus services are in “pretty good stead,” according to a spokesman for Transport for London. Overground trains are carrying de-icing spray to apply to the rails, he said. Some battery locomotives are sent over lines throughout the night to prevent freezing. Out of 700 bus routes, only 90 are being diverted, he said.Yet Tube services were affected on Saturday, disrupting weekend shoppers. Strike actions added to frustrations, bringing down a section of the Bakerloo line.Flights in and out of the capital are facing severe delays, causing misery for thousands.No planes were allowed to land at Heathrow airport yesterday, with further cancelations expected today.Delays will spill into the rest of the week, the airport said. “As airlines move diverted aircraft and crew back to their normal positions, there will be further cancellations and delays in the days that follow,” a Heathrow spokesman said.Passengers are advised to check all flights with their airlines, and can check Heathrow updates on the airport’s Twitter page.Meanwhile, the snow has provoked a political storm in Westminster, with shadow chancellor Alan Johnson accusing the coalition government of harming the economy by being unprepared for the weather.“It is a big issue,” Johnson said, “when people believe the government has left them to it: ‘get a shovel or stay at home.’”But William Hague dismissed the claims as “the heavy snowfall of political opportunism”.TRANSPORT | MONDAY SERVICES ON TRAINS AND PLANES● Southeastern trainsWe expect services will be disrupted throughout the day. Passengers with Mainline tickets can use the High Speed services at no extra cost.● South West trainsA revised timetable is running. We are going to try to run a very robust service, as much as possible.● Southern railwaysRunning a normal service. Services may be subject to short notice alterations and cancellations. We are in some cases running longer trains.● National Express East AngliaRunning an amended timetable on Monday to mitigate the impact of the very low air temperature.● First Capital ConnectWe are planning to operate our normal timetable on Monday. Expect cancellations between Peterborough and London.● Heathrow airportThere will be further cancellations and delays.● Gatwick airportKnock-on delays and cancellations are likely. Evening snow storms set to cause more havoc on trains Share KCS-content center_img whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Supermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNight DailyHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeNight DailyThe Sports DropForgotten College Basketball Stars: Where Are They Now?The Sports DropBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesJournalPregnant Woman Takes a Nap – You Won’t Believe What She Discovered When She WokeJournalTaco RelishOnly People With An IQ Of 130 Can Name These ItemsTaco RelishUpbeat NewsThese 25 Celebrities Ruined Their Career in a Matter of MinutesUpbeat Newslast_img