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The M23 from Surry heading into London was closed for two hours after a coach collided with two cars.

Hundreds of trains were delayed and dozens cancelled as the rail network was blighted by frozen points.

Network Rail said that the disruption was mainly due to the failure of the heating systems that are supposed to prevent freezing. Points failure struck at some of the network’s major hubs, including, in London, Clapham Junction, Waterloo and Wimbledon.

Other trains were left stranded after ice on the tracks caused power surges. An estimated 80,000 South West Trains users, a further 60,000 Southern customers and up to 200,000 Southeastern passengers were caught up in the disruption in the morning’s rush-hour, rail operators said. Several thousand passengers on One services between London and East Anglia were also affected.

Gerry Doherty, general secretary of TSSA, the transport union, said: “The number of failed track points is damning evidence that Network Rail did not take enough notice of the weather forecast.

“It’s quite disgraceful that at the first snow the trains come to a stop.” (Times)

Perfuckingthetic, the whole sodding system - according to the Met Office the highest amount of precipitation in the South East was 2.4mm - a tenth of an inch! You will find deeper deposits on Kate Moss's top lip.

Permission is now granted to readers in places like Dallas, in supersizzling Texas, which cope with whole inches of snow better, to roll around on the floor giggling at our incompetence. Of course they are allowed 4x4s to drive though...

Bring on the Curse Of du Toit™

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I rolled around on the floor giggling hysterically and I live here.
Every year it's the same when it snows - fu*k knows how London would cope if there was a blizzard

"The M23 from Surry heading into London was closed for two hours after a coach collided with two cars.

Hundreds of trains were delayed and dozens cancelled as the rail network was blighted by frozen points."

Serve the b*ggers right for living in Slurry then...

But Mr. Englishman, those are just the Met Office sampling sites. There could have been other, more exposed, locations which saw 3, 4 or maybe even 5mm of treachorous, arctic blizzardiness.

Heh! You should see the snow clearing trains we have out here....they look like a normal shunter but the whole front is a huge set of spinning metal blades which clear the snow in front up to a depth of the train itself. They measure snowfall in metres here, not millimetres.

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