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January 28, 2019 12:45 pm Categorised in:

Transport for London (TfL) has insisted the capital will “keep moving” as bosses gear up for this week’s expected snowfall.

The Met Office has said up to 3cm of snow could land in London between Tuesday evening and Wednesday.

It has stoked fears of travel disruption, after previous whiteouts in the capital managed to cripple Tube lines.

In February last year, at the height of the “Beast from the East”, key routes were hampered by signal failures and faulty trains caused by the snow and ice.

UK Snow: January 2019 – In pictures

But a TfL spokeswoman said on Monday that all transport agencies “will be working around the clock to minimise any disruption on the Tube, bus, rail and road networks”.

She assured: “We have well-rehearsed procedures in place in partnership with all London boroughs and the emergency services to keep the capital moving during any wintry weather.”

Weather forecast for Monday, 28th January

But she also warned: “We would encourage customers to particularly check before they travel during cold and icy weather, using our website or our Twitter feeds.”

For roads and cycle paths, meanwhile, TfL said it has a fleet of gritters, with more than 100,000 tonnes of salt available.

Snow settles on a London Underground sign outside Piccadilly Circus station last year. London is bracing itself for a whiteout this week (Jonathan Brady/PA)

For commuters travelling into the capital, Network Rail, which runs the UK’s rail infrastructure, said it has a fleet of 10 plough trains, which can quickly remove the snow from tracks.

It added it had other measures at hand, such as anti-icing fluid, insulation and deploying workers on the ground where necessary.

One of Network Rail’s purpose-built snow clearing trains (Network Rail)

Govia Thameslink Railway, which runs Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services into and out of London, said it would also look to run “ghost trains” to clear tracks of snow and ice.

Alex Foulds, business improvement director and deputy chief operating officer, said: “We can never guarantee to keep all our services running if the weather takes a very bad turn for the worse but with Network Rail, we are well prepared and will do all we can to keep passengers moving as much as possible.”

Meanwhile, Chiltern Railways, which runs seven services to and from Marylebone, said in a statement: “Forecasted snowfall may impact on the service Chiltern Railways is able to provide, but our teams plan in advance for winter weather to minimise disruption.

“We are intending to operate a normal timetable but advise customers to check before they travel.”