Snow storm sparks travel chaos across the UK
A snow storm has brought Britain to a chaotic standstill with cars crashing, flights grounded and trains cancelled.
Stranded motorists have fumed at the lack of grit laid out on motorways ahead of a forecasted nationwide dumping of snow.
Drivers overnight shared on social media their chilly snaps of being stuck in standstill queues on dangerously icy and slushy roads, such as London’s Orbital ring road, the M25.
A life-sized snowman was among those pictured in the middle of the capital’s A406 North Circular.
Train travellers already had this week’s plans scuppered by rail strikes, but services on Monday which remained unaffected are now a mess due to weather conditions.
Potentially one of the slowest-moving car pile ups ever recorded has been shared on Twitter, as drivers lose control of their brakes in the snow.
Other motorists grew increasingly concerned for their safety out on the roads in below freezing temperatures.
Someone on the M25 tweeted : “Please can someone update us as to how long we will be stuck? I am low petrol now and can’t heat the car and I have a child. This is really scary. Never seen anything like this and I’ve not seen any emergency services.”
One person said he’d been told that the reason for the standstill was due to “multiple accidents”, writing: “I’m still on the #m25 , clockwise, around J24. Hardly moved in 4 hours. Police officer moving traffic, trying to create space for emergency vehicles. Tells me there are multiple jackknifes, car fires and accidents up ahead. “Carnage”.”
A daring man stripped down to just shorts and a balaclava to brave the snow for a night time run caught on camera.
National Rail’s social media team has had a very busy morning so far, detailing what routes will take several hours of melting snow to open up again.
Holidaymakers meanwhile were stuck abroad with flights unable to fly in and out of the UK with the closure of runways for safety.
London Gatwick Airport wrote last night: “Sunday 11/ Monday 12 December: Snow and freeezing weather may cause disruption at the airport.
“Passengers are advised to check flight status with their airline – and also local travel conditions – before departing for the airport.”
Brits in Spain, Morocco and Cyprus all took to Twitter on Sunday night to complain about a lack of communication from their airlines.
A traveller remarked: “Snow has brought country to a standstill even though it was forecast a week ago.”
Another asked Gatwick Airport: “What about buying a snow plow with all the money coming from the drop off extortion?”
Someone inside the airport commented: “All flights or nearly all flights canceled! Total chaos here ! EasyJet staff need help ! Written information, loud speakers! Clearer options!”
Journalist Lorraine King tweeted: “My friend is flying out for a few days in the sun with hubby but is stuck on the M25 – which has not been gritted. Did National Highways not read the weather reports? In addition no one seems to know if @STN_Airport is open or closed. A bit of snow and this country truly melts.”