Travel Work and Economy Hurt by Weather

by William ASTON on January 8, 2010

The last few weeks have been a nightmare for travelers around the world, especially in the United Kingdom and United States where the combination of terror threats and severe winter weather have made some people wonder if it is even worth it to go outside.  After a failed Christmas Day bombing attempt on a Trans-Atlantic flight headed to Detroit, security measures had to be stepped up all over the world, but specifically in America and Britain, which has caused massive amounts of flight delays as passengers endure more thorough screening than ever before.  As if this wasn’t enough, the two countries have been hit with severe winter weather that has shut down roads, airports, and train tracks leaving the means of transportation as frozen as the ground.  All of this has led to school cancellations, called off flights, and road conditions that are not even safe for big trucks.

More than ten inches of snow has fallen over parts of the United Kingdom and some local councils have started to warn that they are running low on grit, which could make travel conditions even more dangerous.   Parts of London can expect an additional six inches to fall to add to the ten that have already blanketed the city and brought traffic to a halt.  In Hampshire more than a thousand motorists were stranded overnight in a ten mile traffic jam and had to be rescued by Coastguard and Army personnel. 

Millions of Brits are expected to miss work because of the weather which will deal a two billion pound blow to the British economy.

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