Heavy snows paralyse life in Britain

February 2nd, 2009 - 4:16 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Feb 2 (IANS) The heaviest snowfall in 18 years blanketed much of Britain Monday, bringing life to a standstill as transport ground to a halt and schools and colleges were closed.Southern and eastern England were the worst hit as all bus services and much of the underground rail network were suspended in the British capital.

Two of the main airports serving London - Stanstead and London City - were shut down as was a runway at Heathrow.

Across the country, train services worked only sporadically while offices, schools and colleges in and around the capital were shut for the day, with warnings of longer closures.

Some of the country’s main highways were described as resembling ice rinks and authorities shut down parts of the M25 - the key ring around London - to clear it of snow and stranded vehicles.

With 10 inches of snow in some parts and blizzards and further snow storms predicted, authorities warned people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Passengers travelling to and from Heathrow airport were warned of “significant delays and cancellations”.

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