January 22, 2013 11:36 am

Ice and snow continue to disrupt travel

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Snow clearing equipment is used at Heathrow Airport©PA

The UK faced further travel disruption on Tuesday as snow and ice continued to affect large parts of the country, although flights from Heathrow, the worst hit airport during the cold snap, were returning to normal.

Delays were reported across parts of the rail network and on some roads after a big freeze overnight. The Met Office warned of icy conditions across the country and forecast up to 10cm of snow for parts of Scotland and northern England, with further snowfall anticipated in East Anglia and southern England.

A spokesperson for Heathrow airport said it was aiming to run its operations as close to normal as possible on Tuesday after hundreds of flights were cancelled in recent days.

More than 1,200 flights were expected in and out of Europe’s busiest airport, but bad weather at other airports on the continent had forced some cancellations.

The spokesperson said 46 flights had been cancelled so far largely because of disruption at airports in Brussels, Frankfurt and Paris.

On the railways, delays due to snow and ice were reported on the East Coast mainline, Greater Anglia services, Southern and Southeastern services.

Eurostar warned of delays of up to an hour due to speed restrictions because of the wintry conditions in the UK and northern France, while the Gatwick Express cancelled some services.

Forecasters are expecting the freezing conditions to last for most of the week with signs of milder weather and rain by the weekend.

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