More snow chaos brings UK’s roads and rail routes to standstill

Commuters faced continuing transport disruption this morning after a renewed cold snap brought more snow chaos to the UK’s rail routes and roads.

A lack of grit, potholes caused by ice and freezing temperatures created yet more hazardous driving conditions for motorists as up to 6in (15cm) of snow blanketed parts of Wales and the South West overnight.

The band of wintry showers also hit the Midlands, the South East and central London, the Press Association (PA) has reported.

The snow is set to move up through the North East and into Scotland, but is likely to melt over most of England by the end of today.

Transport secretary Lord Adonis has ordered councils to cut back on gritting to ease a salt shortage.

Edmund King, from the AA, said: “Driving conditions are already treacherous with ice and snow. Roads are crumbling underneath and, after the thaw, potholes will become the next menace for drivers and their cars.”

Snow and wintry conditions are already estimated to have cost the UK economy about £2.2bn.

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