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Snow disrupts UK travel, with two coal-fired power plants on standby

A person builds a snowman while in London, Britain, December 12, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville
A person builds a snowman while in London, Britain, December 12, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Heavy snow that blanketed parts of Britain on Monday disrupted London’s airports, rail networks and roads, while two coal-fired power stations have been placed on standby in the event they go down. produce a power shortage during the winter.

Operations were suspended or delayed in many parts of the city’s metro network, while highways were congested due to snow. London’s Gatwick and Stansted airports warned that the conditions could alter flight schedules.

The Met Office, as Britain’s weather service is known, issued a yellow weather warning for snow and ice in London and south-east England, with ice and fog warnings in other parts of England and across Northern Ireland.

The snow has caused problems for travelers and holidaymakers at the start of a fortnight in which railway workers and border agents plan a strike.

Southeastern, which operates rail services to London, advised passengers not to travel due to severe disruptions caused by snow and ice.

Meanwhile, Britain’s National Grid issued a notice to heat two winter contingency coal plants on Monday.

“This measure should give the public confidence in power supply on Monday,” the National Grid said, adding that it was not confirmed the plants would be needed, but that they would be ready.

Emergency services said they had responded to a “serious incident” near Birmingham while reminding people to be careful in potentially dangerous conditions.

“Four children have been taken to hospital in critical condition after being rescued from an ice-covered lake,” the West Midlands Ambulance Service said, adding that they had been told to go to the lake in Solihull, central England. Sunday afternoon.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout; editing in Spanish by Flora Gómez)

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