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List of UK Weather-Related Travel Disruptions

January 7, 2010 By: Jena Tesse Fox

The Guardian has a list of travel disruptions in the UK due to the unusually cold temperatures and high snowfall.

Airports and airlines

British Airways and easyJet have canceled a number of flights.

Gatwick: Gatwick Airport has reopened, however, there is significant disruption to flights and passengers are advised to contact their airline for up-to-date information on their flights.
Gatwick Express is operating. easyJet has cancelled a number of flights.

Heathrow Airport: Open but experiencing knock-on effects from yesterday's disruption and the threat of further snow and ice. Passengers should contact their airline before travelling to the airport and leave extra time for their journey.
Heathrow Express is operating.

London City Airport: Open but experiencing weather-related delays. Passengers should contact their airline for details.
Latest:; Twitter feed:

Luton: London Luton Airport is open. However, due to severe weather conditions, passengers or those meeting people at the airport are strongly advised to contact the airline as flights will be subject to delay, diversion or cancelation.

Stansted: Open, but flights may be subject to delay and possible cancellation. Further snowfall and icy conditions are expected across eastern and southern England so passengers are advised to check with their airline and allow extra time for their journey to the airport.
The Stansted Express is operating a reduced service with severe delays

Birmingham International Airport: Open with most flights running on time.

Manchester: Open with flights arriving and departing as normal. The backlog of flights has largely been cleared and further significant snowfall is not expected, however flights may be affected by weather conditions at destination airports.
Passengers and those meeting flights should check with the airline.

Liverpool John Lennon Airport: Open, but check flight status with airline for latest route news as flights may be subject to delays and/or cancellations.
Twitter feed:

East Midlands: Open with only minor delays. Passengers are being advised to leave extra time to get to the airport and check with airlines, as flights might be affected by weather at destination airports.
Latest: and its live flight information page

Norwich International Airport: Open after this morning's closure. Check with individual airlines.
Flight information:

Bristol International Airport: Open after yesterday's closure. Check with your airline or tour operator for further information or visit the departures and arrivals pages on the website.
The Flyer coach service is operating intermittently.

Glasgow Airport: Open and the runway is operating normally. Weather conditions are good. However, due to heavy snow and icy conditions across the UK, flights to and from the airport may be subject to delays and cancelations. Passengers are advised to check with their airline before travelling to the airport.
Latest:; Twitter feed:

Edinburgh Airport: The airport is open, however arriving and departing flights may be subject to disruption due to bad weather in other parts of the UK. Passengers should check the status of their flight with their airline

Cardiff: Open but operating with delays. Departing passengers are advised to leave plenty of time to get to the airport and to check in as normal. There are limited inbound flights arriving at this time. Passengers are advised to contact their airline or tour operator for flight information.

Belfast International Airport
: Open, however due to bad weather in other parts of the UK, some flights are subject to delay and cancellation.

Southampton: It is anticipated that there may be a few delays and cancelations due to the poor weather around the UK and mainland Europe. Passengers should check with their airline before they leave for the airport and allow extra time.

Leeds Bradford International Airport
: Open but experiencing disruption due to further snowfall.

Exeter: Exeter Airport is open and it is anticipated that flights will operate throughout Thursday without major delays or cancellations.

For live information about UK airport disruption see:


Heavy snow and ice continue to affect most rail services across the country. Almost all train operators are running revised timetables, with broken down trains and signalling problems due to the cold causing additional delays. Visit National Rail Enquiries for revised timetables.

Services badly affected include:

National Express East Anglia and Stansted Express services were delayed this morning by overhead wire problems at Hackney Downs in east London. Services on the Stansted Express are being delayed by up to 90 minutes.

Eurostar trains are also running a reduced timetable due to an earlier London to Brussels train that broke down in the tunnel. They are advising passengers whose journey is not essential to cancel or postpone their trips. Tickets can be exchanged or refunded for free through the original point of purchase at any time in the next two months.

First Great Western reports disruptions across the network including between Bristol Temple Meads and Severn Beach, Cardiff and Paddington and Reading and Gatwick Airport.

South West Trains are running a revised service on their entire network—call for the latest recorded information 011-44-0845-301-7641—and Scotrail ( has suspended or reduced services across the network including Strathclyde, Lothians and the Highlands, with passengers advised not to travel on some routes.

East Coast is advising passengers not to travel between Perth and Inverness and other services are suffering suspension and delays, particularly in Scotland, West Yorkshire and the north-east of England.

Southern Trains expect severe disruption across their services and there is a revised timetable is in place for Sussex Coast train services.

First Capital Connect are advising Thameslink passengers to seek alternative transport, and there are severe disruptions on the Great Northern Route.

South Eastern has introduced replacement bus services between Grove Park to Bromley North, Sheerness to Sittingbourne and Strood to Paddock Wood and has a revised timetable on many routes in and out of London. Services will finish earlier than usual today.

Virgin Trains has canceled some services between London Euston and Birmingham New Street and London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly. There are delays in and out of Glasgow Central and customers traveling between Edinburgh and Glasgow should seek alternative services.

There are no Cross Country trains running between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central, disruptions between York and Newcastle and Cambridge and Stansted Airport and replacement buses between Cheltenham Spa, Gloucester and Bristol Parkway.


Photo courtesy of Laura Hurley

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