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Fresh blanket of snow brings more travel chaos.

Summary: Britain has been hit by more snow chaos as the big thaw was replaced by a renewed cold snap.

Britain has been hit by more snow chaos as the big thaw was replaced by a renewed cold snap.

A lack of grit, potholes and freezing temperatures has created yet more hazardous driving conditions for motorists as up to 6 inches (15cm) of snow blanketed parts of Wales and the South West on Tuesday night.

The band of wintry showers also hit the Midlands, the South East and central London.

But forecasters say the Arctic conditions are not here to stay, with temperatures due to rise to the seasonal average of 7C (45F) by the end of the week.

Amid continuing transport disruption, passengers are being warned to expect cancellations and delays to flights after Gatwick Airport closed its runway for snow clearance.

An airport spokesman said: "We are working with our airlines and business partners to reopen the runway as soon as it is safe to do so."

The latest snowfall comes as the Government demanded further cuts in gritting. Transport Secretary Lord Adonis wants levels reduced to as little as half those of this time last week to conserve stocks for further wintry weather.

Local councils say ice has caused a higher than usual number of potholes with some estimating repair bills running into millions.

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Date:Jan 14, 2010
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