The heavy snowfalls that have affected southern England and the Midlands will have an equally severe cost to UK businesses, according to experts.Earlier today, heavy snow caused disruption throughout the UK’s transport system. Runways at Stansted, Luton, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and London City airports were all shut for a time, causing disruption to businesses that have overseas links.Similarly, train services and the London underground network were severely disrupted. This meant that many people could not reach their work, or arrived late.The roads were also affected, with the Highways Agency warning drivers not to travel "unless your journey is essential".All these problems will have a significant impact on UK businesses, the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned."The impact of this weather forecast on Britain will be huge. It is expected that the lateness and loss of work hours caused by transport disruptions will cost the British economy up to £400 million," said David Frost, the director-general of the organisation.According to the BCC, the government should act to ensure that the UK infrastructure is robust enough to support business whatever the weather."This situation highlights the need for a real change in the current UK travel infrastructure," said Mr Frost."More needs to be done to ensure that the UK has an infrastructure which is cost-efficient, timely, flexible and able to deal well with the strains of such an in-demand service."© Adfero Ltd

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