Snow and ice continue to disrupt London travel services

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Snow and ice is continuing to cause problems with transport services in and around London.

No flights arrived at Heathrow Airport until Sunday evening and only seven were due to leave. Thousands of people spent the night at the airport.

Rail operators First Great Western , First Capital Connect and South West Trains have some changes to schedules.

And a number of lines on the London Underground network are running with delays due to the weather.

Southern and Southeastern are running normal Sunday services, although there may be some cancellations.

There are also delays of up to an hour on the Eurostar.

The Met Office is forecasting a very cold day with the chance of a light snow shower in places in London. It is also warning of icy patches on untreated surfaces.

On Saturday it had issued a severe weather warning for Greater London, with up to 10in (25cm) of snowfall being predicted.

The M25 had been closed in both directions between junctions five and six, causing long delays, after a liquid petroleum gas tanker overturned at 0900 GMT. It has now reopened.

A Transport for London (TfL) spokesman said: "Transport for London's fleet of 38 gritters and 10 quad bikes have been at work throughout the night, spreading almost 500 tonnes of grit on the strategic road network.

A young girl throws a snowball while  opposite the Houses of Parliament Snow settled in central London on Saturday

"All TfL-maintained roads are open this morning, and gritting will continue throughout the day."

Jon Caudwell, from the Highways Agency, said it was doing its best to keep major roads in England clear but needed help from motorists who should "really seriously consider" whether they needed to go out.

Heathrow Airport told the BBC that "a few thousand spent the night in the terminals" but said just four short-haul and three long-haul flights would leave on Sunday morning. It hoped to be operational on Monday.

London City airport is also expecting delays.

And Ryanair has cancelled more than 80 flights to or from UK airports, mainly in the London area.

Thames Water has reported a "near four-fold" increase in burst pipes caused by the sub-zero temperatures.

It has arranged B&B accommodation in London for staff who live outside the capital so they do not have to fight their way through the snow to tackle the problems.

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