‘Beast from the East’ locks down London

London, Tuesday

Heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures have caused misery for commuters trying to head home from London this afternoon after four people died in two car crashes amid widespread travel disruption.

A Renault Clio and Scania lorry collided before dawn at 6.15am on the snowy A15 in Baston, Lincolnshire. Police said the road was busy at the time and several people ‘faced the shock of witnessing or coming across the scene’. A fourth person also died in the bad weather after a crash on the A47 in Cambridgeshire.

The three-car collision – the third on the same stretch of road near Peterborough — took place this morning and involved three vehicles. Scores of trains have been cancelled, including around one in three of the services leaving London’s Liverpool Street for Essex – with routes to Southend and Braintree among those hit, along with trains to Ipswich in Suffolk.

There are also delays and cancellations on services from London Victoria and Charing Cross to Kent. Southeastern’s High Speed services to Kent from St Pancras are also being cancelled this afternoon.

Roads across the UK have seen a heavy blanketing of snow today, with other police forces reporting treacherous driving conditions and blocked routes – as the country is hit by Siberian air dubbed the ‘Beast from the East’.

Meanwhile, London Heathrow has cancelled dozens of flights after the ‘Beast from the East’ snowfall saw the country’s travel networks fall into chaos. The freezing weather coming in from Russia has prompted British Airways to already cancel 42 flights today, with many more cancellations expected.

The cancelled flights from Heathrow Airport include journeys to the UK, Europe as well as New York and Los Angeles. According to BBC 5Live Travel, British Airways “have cancelled nine percent of flights at Heathrow this morning ahead of the bad weather coming in”. —AGENCIES

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