UK transport in turmoil

Hotel News - 24/12/2009

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This Christmas season is proving to be a very chaotic one for the Britons as bad weather; breakdown of rail services and the grounding of a major airline have hit Christmas travelers. Christmas this year has brought snowstorms to some parts of the country, forcing the closure of many airports and paralyzing traffic on roads.

The severe conditions were also responsible for the breakdown of Eurostar rail services for over fourteen hours and in other news, the collapse of Scottish carrier Flyglobespan has left many travelers stranded in other countries.

The cancellations in many services over the past few days have put a severe strain on the transport system and officials are anxious that the system might not be able to handle the sudden surge of extra travelers. Travel plans of many people look quite dubious and passengers are advised to not travel unless unavoidable circumstances lead them to.

Eurostar reportedly has a backlog of over 55,000 passengers and any one holding a ticket will find it impossible to leave till Christmas. Cancellation of Eurostar services to France due to severe snow conditions is responsible for the backlog.

Gatwick Airport saw many delays in air travel again and Luton airport suspended all flights yesterday again due to severe snow storms. Many flights were diverted to East Midlands. All UK and European flights leaving Heathrow airport after seven pm were cancelled by British Airways and air traffic across Gatwick and London City were severely disrupted.

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