• Short Summary

    BLIZZARDS CONTINUED TO SWEEP BRITAIN TODAY (THURSDAY) AND GAVE TRAFFIC ONE OF ITS WORST DAYS FOR TEN YEARS.

  • Description


    SNOW SCENES AT LONDON AIRPORT, CARS BATTLING THROUGH SNOW IN LONDON, SHOTS OF LONDON'S TRAFALGAR SQUARE, A DERAILED WAGON BEING LIFTED BACK ONTO THE RAILS AT BIRMINGHAM, AND TRAFFIC CHAOS IN SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND.




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    Background: BLIZZARDS CONTINUED TO SWEEP BRITAIN TODAY (THURSDAY) AND GAVE TRAFFIC ONE OF ITS WORST DAYS FOR TEN YEARS. A THOUSAND ROADS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY WERE BLOCKED AND HUNDREDS OF OTHERS PASSABLE ONLY WITH CARE. TEN-FOOT (THREE-METRE) SNOWDRIFTS CUT OFF TOWNS AND VILLAGES, AND HUNDREDS OF CARS AND TRUCKS WERE ABANDONED OR BURIED.

    AT LONDON AIRPORT, FLIGHTS WERE DELAYED OR CANCELLED WHILE AIRCRAFT WERE DE-ICED. INCOMING PILOTS WERE WARNED OF ICY RUNWAYS. THE BRITISH CAPITAL WORE A WHITE COAT AT DAWN BROKE AFTER SNOW-LADEN MARCH WINDS HAD ROARED IN FROM THE WEST AND NORTH.

    HARDLY A ROAD INTO LONDON WAS FREE OF A SNARL-UP AS PEOPLE STRUGGLED IN TO WORK. EMERGENCY CALLS FROM STRANDED MOTORISTS AT ONE STAGE REACHED A THOUSAND AN HOUR.

    TRAFALGAR SQUARE, NORMALLY A MECCA FOR TOURISTS IN LONDON, WAS A MANTLE OF WHITE. PIGEONS HUDDLED IN THE SNOW AND PREPARED FOR A LONG, COLD WAIT. WEATHER EXPERTS SEE LITTLE LET-UP IN SIGHT.

    THE MIDLANDS ESCAPED THE FULL FURY OF THE BLIZZARD, BUT DELAYS TO RAIL TRAFFIC WERE WIDESPREAD. A HEAVY CRANE WAS CALLED IN WHEN A GOODS WAGON JUMPED THE RAILS IN BIRMINGHAM. RAIL SERVICES WERE WORST HIT IN SCOTLAND WHERE BLIZZARDS RAGED FOR EIGHTEEN HOURS. ONE TRAIN TOOK NEARLY A DAY TO COVER 70 MILES (112 KMS).

    IN SOUTH-WEST ENGLAND, THERE WERE TWO INCIDENTS OF PEOPLE MAROONED IN BUSES. THIRTY PEOPLE STUCK IN MID-JOURNEY WERE RESCUED BY THE POLICE AND CIVIL DEFENCE WORKERS, AND MEDICAL HELP WAS FLOWN IN BY HELICOPTER TO TWO WOMEN WHO HAD SPENT THE NIGHT IN A BUS ON SALISBURY PLAIN. ABANDONED CARS WERE PUSHED OFF THE ROAD AS TRAFFIC BEGAN MOVING AGAIN TONIGHT.

    MEANTIME, BRITONS ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO SPRING -- IT'S ONLY 17 DAYS AWAY.

    (EUROPE, TOO, IS HAVING A FREEZING TIME. SNOW DRIPPED BY 80--KILOMETRE (50-MILE) WINDS FELL FROM POLAND TO SPAIN. ICE FLOES THREATENED SHIPPING FROM THE BALTIC TO THE ATLANTIC. AND HEAVY SHOWS ALSO FELL IN SOUTHERN STATES OF THE UNITED STATES).

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEBX80LCX6R9YJ7BMGBQAIHEQR
    Media URN:
    VLVAEBX80LCX6R9YJ7BMGBQAIHEQR
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:20:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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