UK weather: Crash after crash as drivers struggle in freezing conditions

Motorists have been urged to take care on the roads amid warnings of ice and dangerous conditions.

Footage shot in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire this morning shows a series of collisions involving cars, vans and buses as snow continued to fall.

In an accident, a car crossed the road and was hit by another. Then, a third vehicle failed to stop and rammed the two.

Later, a bus is seen spiraling out of control before hitting a bollard on the side of the road.

There are travel disruptions on roads and railways across the UK as snow, ice and freezing fog warnings are in place in northern Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North East of England, the Midlands, London and much of the South.

It was the coldest night of the year, with -15.7C (3.74F) recorded at Braemar in Aberdeenshire.

Latest Weather – Travel chaos hits roads, railways and airports after snowfall

National Highways is warning of ‘dangerous conditions’ in the South East and East of England.

There were delays on the M25, which was previously closed for 90 minutes between Junctions 23 and 25 due to heavy snowfall, and some drivers were stuck for several hours.

National Highways said “up to 25 sandpits” were processing the freeway overnight.

Other affected roads in the area include the M11, M2, A21, A27 and A249, while Sussex Police have issued a warning for ‘treacherous’ roads.

The AA has told motorists in the South East and East of England to only travel “if they really need to”.

Gatwick and Stansted were forced to temporarily close their runways for snow clearing on Sunday evening, and passengers are urged to check their flight before departing for the airport.

“Don’t travel”

On trains, many operators warned that services would be severely affected on Monday.

Southeastern tweeted that people shouldn’t travel, with some routes suspended until later and others halted.

Thameslink said materials needed for the weekend’s engineering work had frozen, meaning it would take longer to complete and affect some services.

Great Northern said the services were subject to “delay in notice or cancellation”.

National Rail has warned that disruption to the southeast network is likely to continue after severe delays on Sunday evening.

News UK, publisher of The Sun and The Times, said the weather had affected its printers in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, meaning possible delivery delays to many parts of the country.

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Met Office meteorologist Rachel Ayers said that although it is expected to remain cold all week, cloud cover could prevent the return of some of the most extreme temperatures in recent days.

It’s possible that conditions will be slightly milder next weekend, but it’s too early to know for sure, she said.

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