Weather impacts on travel

Preparing for the impacts of severe weather on road, rail and air travel is not just the responsibility of the transport operators. We can all help to make their job easier when winter does its worst.

Winter can bring lots of outdoor fun for both young and old, but it can also bring disruptions to travel. We've compiled some helpful tips and tricks to make sure that you're prepared for your journey, whatever the weather!

Road travel:

Road travel can be greatly affected by the weather, but it is not only snow and ice that can affect journeys. Stormy weather can flood roads, bring down trees and even topple high sided vehicles.


Railways can cope better with small amounts of snow but even the biggest train won't get through deeper snow drifts. Flooding can affect railways just as much as roads, and high winds can bring down the overhead lines that some electric trains rely on.


Most days, airports and airlines cope well with our weather. However, when severe weather strikes, disruptions can be severe. To minimise disruption, airports sometimes have to reduce the number of flights, increasing the likelihood of delays and cancellations. 

Quick links - contact information for travel operators

Take a look at GoEuro - Compare and combine all your coach, train and flight options within the UK and across Europe in one single search.

For Scotland-wide public transport service updates - Traveline Scotland

Rail travel - find out more

National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail

Travel by air - find out more

Directory of all airlines

National Air Traffic Services

Travel by road - find out more

Other travel

Transport for London (London Underground, London Buses, Docklands Light Railway) service updates

Manchester Metro service updates

Edinburgh Trams service information

Weather alerts straight to your phone

Stay weather aware this winter by following the Met Office on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and YouTube for the latest weather information. You can also sign up for severe weather alerts from us through the Twitter Alerts programme, providing critical information directly to your phone. Find out more about how to sign up for Met Office Twitter alerts

Last updated: 5 October 2016

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