Late cold snap puts brakes on UK passengers

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WINTRY weather caused rail delays and snarl-ups on the roads yesterday as the south east of England was hit by a late cold snap.

Commuters faced cancellations and late services on Southern and First Capital Connect routes as icy conditions played havoc with the train tracks.

And hundreds of motorists spent Monday night trapped on the roads in the Home Counties, with hazardous driving conditions reported throughout the country yesterday.

The Eurostar will run an amended timetable today after closing the line yesterday due to snow across France and Belgium, and has advised passengers to check services are running before they set off.

The Met Office has issued yellow severe weather warnings, the mildest level of alert, for much of the country including London and the south east.

It has forecast wintry showers and frost overnight and this morning, though the worst of the snow is expected to move north.

UK airports were spared the severe snow storms that hit Paris and Frankfurt, crippling two of Europe’s busiest hubs. The Channel Islands’ air links were also cut off by snow.