Snow and ice disrupt transport across Europe


By Press Association 2021

Vehicles stuck in a traffic jam in snowfall in Germany

Germany and the Netherlands have seen transport disrupted as heavy snowfall and icy temperatures gripped parts of central and northern Europe. The weather led to a delay for the return of Dutch children to school following a coronavirus lockdown. Lorries got stuck in snowdrifts overnight on the A4 highway near Gera in eastern Germany, while part of the A7 highway near Goettingen in northern Germany was closed after trucks became stuck on uphill stretches, news agency dpa reported.

Railway operator Deutsche Bahn said services remained suspended across parts of central and northern Germany, with no long-distance trains running north-east from Frankfurt, west from Berlin or south-west from Hamburg.

Snow and ice disrupt transport across EuropeA man clears snow in front of a shop in Germany (Hauke-Christian Dittrich/dpa via AP)

Dutch railway operator NS said a “very limited service” was expected in the Netherlands. Monday was supposed to be the day hundreds of thousands of Dutch children returned to their schools after a tough coronavirus lockdown that began before the Christmas holidays. Instead, for many, it was another day at home as a snowstorm that hit the Netherlands on Sunday disrupted travel around the nation.

Rien Spies, a board member of an organization that runs 24 schools near Amsterdam, said those schools would remain closed on Monday “because the expectation was for chaos on the roads and public transport”.


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