Heavy snowfall overnight has caused major travel disruption and led to hundreds of schools being closed. Amber and yellow snow and ice warnings are in place across the North East, the Midlands, the East of England and the South East, the Met Office said, with delays, closures and stranded vehicles expected. Rural communities could be cut off completely, with power cuts and disruption to mobile phone signals possible throughout Tuesday, it added. Here are the latest reported issues. Schools Hundreds of schools across the UK have been closed. These are some of the affected areas: Roads One person has suffered life-threatening injuries after three crashes on the A47 in Cambridgeshire which are all believed to have involved the same vehicle, police said. The road was closed in both directions near Peterborough. Another person was injured and the A120 was partially closed after a 17-car pile-up between Colchester and Elmstead Market, Essex Police said. Slow-moving … [Read more...] about Delays and cancellations as heavy snowfall hits road, rail and air travel
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AS FREEZING temperatures and heavy winds blast the UK, Britain's transport network has been thrown into chaos.Over the weekend, parts of the country were plunged into -12C over night as people woke up to a blanket of up to 12 inches of snow.Dozens of flights to and from Heathrow Airport were cancelled on Sunday with more delays reported to affect passengers travelling today.National Rail reported weather related delays to Chiltern Railways, CrossCountry, Great Western, and Virgin Trains routes.You rights differ depending on what method of transport you're using top travel with and where you bought your ticket.So if you've already booked your tickets or you've been left stranded partway through your journey thanks to the snow, you need to know your rights.Birmingham and Luton airports were temporarily closed on Sunday, whilst flights to and from London's Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports suffered severe delays and cancellations.Passengers who's flights were with a European airline or … [Read more...] about Can you claim compensation if your flight or train has been delayed or cancelled due to snow?
HUNDREDS of Scots have been left stranded after extreme weather played havoc with flights.Planes have been delayed and cancelled as sub-zero temperatures and snow storms cause chaos up and down the country.And it’s seen scores of passengers left stricken as flights are either cancelled or delayed.Aberdeen Airport has been the most affected, with journeys coming in from north and south of the UK being grounded.Flights from Shetland had to be cancelled because of the extreme weather. READ MOREThis is how long sex REALLY lastsViewers are furious with Amir Khan after last night’s I’m a CelebScots feel the chill with temps falling again as schools are closed and experts warn of MORE snowMeanwhile planes travelling up from London were also binned as the temperatures continue to plummet.And it wasn’t much better for international flights, with journeys from Amsterdam also scrapped.It was a similar story at Glasgow and Edinburgh airports, with a raft of cancellations … [Read more...] about Hundreds of Scots stranded as extreme weather brings widespread disruption and cancellations to flights
BRITAIN'S Big Freeze is set to last for another 48 hours as another frigid blast from the continent sends temperatures plunging to -4C tonight.Bitter winds from the east will make it feel close to -7C in parts as winter tightens its grip on the nation.It comes as freezing fog has caused a third day of cancellations at Heathrow this morning.London's busiest airport is expecting further cancellations due to the adverse weather this morning, with around 230 flights cancelled over the past two days.While some flights are expected to be cancelled today, a spokesman said they are not expecting "anywhere near" the disruption of the past two days.They added: "We're expecting around 10 cancellations today."More than 2,500 passengers are thought to have already been affected by the grounded flights.Motorists have also been warned to be careful travelling in the dense fog after a horror six-car pile-up on the M40.Thousands of drivers are caught in long delays on the motorway … [Read more...] about Big freeze to last for another 48 HOURS as fog causes third day of Heathrow delays and chaos on the roads
HOLIDAYMAKERS are facing travel chaos at Gatwick Airport after a passenger plane's tyre burst during take-off today.Scores of travellers were caught up in delays of more than seven hours after Air Canada Rouge Flight AC1925 was forced to make an emergency landing this afternoon.The Toronto-bound plane had to circle in the sky to burn fuel during the mid-air emergency before touching down.Pictures show two clouds of dust rise up from the tarmac as the Boeing 767 landed on the runway.Footage has emerged from inside the aircraft showing the moment the jet was forced to make an emergency landing after its tyre burst during take off.The runway was shut while it was checked for debris from the Air Canada plane.It was closed again at 2.12pm to allow the plane to come back in to land, the airport said.The stricken jet was met by fire crews before being towed back to the gate.It caused delays and cancellations to a number of flights to and from the Surrey airport.Holidaymakers have described … [Read more...] about Travel chaos at Gatwick Airport as Air Canada plane’s tyres burst during take-off sparking SEVEN HOUR delays and cancellations
THOUSANDS of holidaymakers have abandoned plans to travel to Florida and parts of the Caribbean due to a huge hurricane that is battering the coastline.The state of Florida is now facing its biggest-ever evacuation with nearly two million people being warned to flee Hurricane Matthew.The category four storm’s 120mph winds are beating down on the state after causing havoc in Haiti, Cuba and the Dominican Republic.We’ve heard from holidaymakers who’ve had their flights and holidays cancelled as well as hundreds of Thomas Cook customers who were left stranded in their hotel in Cuba.It has also forced theme parks, such as Legoland and Seaworld Florida to shut their doors.But what are your rights if your holiday if affected by the storm? We answer your questions:Unfortunately you can’t usually claim compensation for a flight delay or cancellation which occurs as a result of bad weather – although under EU rules if your flight’s cancelled, you will at … [Read more...] about Hurricane Matthew forces airlines to cancel flights – what are your rights if your holiday is affected?
BRITS whose holidays were ruined by Ryanair delays could miss out on millions in compensation after the airline said appeals must be heard in Irish courts.Under EU rules, passengers held up for more than three hours can claim a full refund for the delayed flight – up to £510.But the Sunday People has reported that Ryanair has changed its terms and conditions to say that disputes can only go through Irish courts.This has prompted concerns that hundreds of passengers living outside Ireland will not bother to bring the claims because of the red tape.Nicholas Parkinson of flightdelays.co.uk said: "If passengers were only able to bring a claim using Irish solicitors in the Irish courts, the vast majority living outside Ireland will probably not bother.”A Ryanair spokesman said customers are required to submit claims “directly” before seeking help from companies like Flight Delays."We do this to ensure customers receive 100 per cent of their EU compensation … [Read more...] about Brits whose holidays were ruined by Ryanair delays and cancellations could miss out on MILLIONS in compensation after airline insists appeals can only be heard in IRISH courts
BRITS heading off on holiday to escape the wet and wild weather are facing travel chaos today as airlines have cancelled hundreds of flights due to air traffic control strikes in France.A number of major airlines, including BA, easyJet and Ryanair, have been forced to cancel dozens of routes across Europe.This is the 10th day French air traffic controllers have taken part in industrial action in the last three months alone.Flights to and from French airports are affected as well as routes to other European destinations such as Spain.Affected passengers were only made aware of the possible cancellations yesterday afternoon - with some claiming they weren't actually given a reason why.Hundreds of England fans have been left stranded in France after several flights to Euro 2016 host cities were axed and passengers told not to bother turning up at the terminal.The strikes have also meant a number of people can't return to the UK today to vote in the historic EU referendum.Posting on … [Read more...] about Thousands of Brit holidaymakers are hit by travel chaos as French air traffic controllers strike causing hundreds of BA, easyJet and Ryanair flights to be cancelled
A FUMING mum has blasted "incompetent" airline Small Planet and "useless" travel company Olympic Holidays - after spending more than 24 HOURS stranded in Corfu Airport.Distraught holidaymaker Catherine Ingram had just finished a week in "beautiful sunshine" with her niece and great nephew, when she found out on Monday night that her flight back to Manchester had been cancelled."Angry and frustrated" Catherine booked the trip away with Olympic Holidays, but has been told she could have to wait another 37 hours before she can fly home.The 50-year-old NHS worker was due in work tomorrow, but has had to phone Airedale General Hospital in West Yorkshire to tell them she can't make it.She claims roughly 50 British holidaymakers are stuck on the Greek island of Corfu because of the cancelled flight.Catherine has slammed Lithuanian airline Small Planet and UK firm Olympic Holidays, claiming they are still yet to give her the reason why her flight back to Manchester was cancelled.She claims … [Read more...] about Mum’s fury at being stranded for more than 24 HOURS in Corfu airport because of a cancelled flight
FLIGHTS from London City Airport have seen massive disruption causing travel chaos for thousands after Black Lives Matter protesters took over the runway.Scores of outgoing flights were cancelled or delayed, leaving travellers stranded in the terminal, while planes due to land were hastily diverted to other airports.Nine 'activists' chained themselves to a tripod on the runway at London City AirportBlack Lives Matter claimed responsibility for the occupation, saying activists targeted the airport "to protest the UK's environmental impact on black people".Nine activists from the anti-racist group managed to get airside and block planes from taking off and landing in a major security breach.It is believed the demonstrators gained access to the runway by sailing across Royal Docks in an inflatable dinghy. Have you been affected by delays at London City Airport today? Contact Tom Michael at [email protected] or call 0207 782 4368All those … [Read more...] about Travel misery for thousands at London City Airport as ‘Black Lives Matter eco-protestors’ take over runway causing delays and cancellations