“Beast from the East” storm causes travel chaos across UK

“Beast from the East” storm causes travel chaos across UK

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British Airways cancels 36 flights from Heathrow because of freezing weather

Temperatures have plummeted across the United Kingdom as a polar vortex sweeps across the country, grounding flights and bringing train networks to a grinding halt.

British Airways cancelled 36 short-haul and domestic flights so far because of the cold as snow fell over Heathrow.

Trains to Stansted Airport are delayed or running on a reduced schedule, according to train operator Greater Anglia. Commuter services are also affected.

The UK will be hit by heavy snow over the next few days, with temperatures predicted to fall below -15C. It is feared that the weather will cause the most disruption since a similar storm in March 2013.

A statement from British Airways said: “We are sorry that the weather is likely to lead to some delays and disruption to our schedules.

We have proactively cancelled some services and will be re-booking customers on to alternative flights or offering them a full refund if they no longer wish to travel.

“We are sorry for the disruption to your travel plans and are doing all we can to minimise the effect the poor weather is having on flights.”

British Airways are warning passengers affected not to travel to the airport.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland by the British Met Office, with 20cm of snow predicted in places as temperatures fall to -15C.

Amber warnings are in place for eastern England, the South East and London, Yorkshire, the Midlands and the North East on Tuesday, with yellow warnings issued for eastern England, the Midlands, Yorkshire, the North East and London.

An amber alert has also been issued for northern England and Scotland for Wednesday.

A yellow warning means “be aware”, while an amber alert means there is a “potential risk to life and property”.

Yellow alerts for snow across southern England, London, Wales and the West Midlands have also been issued for Thursday.

“Travel delays on roads are likely, stranding some vehicles and passengers,” the Met Office said.

“Some delays and cancellations to rail and air travel are likely.

“There is a good chance that some rural communities could become cut off. Power cuts are likely and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

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