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Biggin Hill airport battles on through snow

PUBLISHED: 17:36 20 December 2010

Workers clear the runway at Biggin Hill

Workers clear the runway at Biggin Hill

Archant

An airport has kept its runway clear through the latest bout of arctic weather that has again brought road and rail to a standstill.

Biggin Hill airport has seen a spike in demand for private flight charters since snow and ice have closed down Gatwick and Heathrow on Saturday afternoon, and commuters suffered ‘major’ delays on Southeastern lines into central London.

Airport director Peter Lonergan called in extra staff to deal with the snow and the avalanche of enquiries from those whose scheduled flights from other airports were cancelled.

The director said: “We handled 70 flights yesterday (Sunday) and our movements board today is indicating an even higher number.

“We expect to be able to satisfy customer demand throughout the week”

On the railways Southeastern bosses urged commuters to “expect cancellations and delays on all routes” with trains from Bromley South to Victoria suffering “major disruption.”

A statement on the operator’s website today said: “Because of the severe weather conditions, services are subject to cancellations and delays.

“And many of our services will have fewer carriages than normal because more of our trains need to undergo maintenance and repair.”

First Capital Connect suspended all trains from Sevenoaks to Kentish Town on Monday.

Trains in the south-east are most susceptible to snowy weather because they rely on the their rail system, where they draw power from an elerical rail alongside the tracks.

When ice and snow builds up on the rail trains become stuck and fail.

Forecasters at the Met Office were predicting ‘appreciable’ falls of snow in Bromley on Monday night with now sign of a thaw until well after Christmas.

Are you or a family member stuck in the snow this Christmas? email us at tim.dickens@archant.co.uk.

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