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A day of disruption caused by freezing fog, warnings of similar
conditions tomorrow. Dense fog patches would reduce
visibility tonight and tomorrow, details shortly. Also the drivers
still using their mobile phones at the wheel. We join the police on
their latest crackdown. Widespread freezing fog is expected
to cause more travel disruption Today, thousands of air
passengers faced delays and cancellations at Gatwick,
Heathrow and Southampton airports. Ferry services to and from the Isle
of Wight were also disrupted And there were dozens of accidents
on roads across the region this morning as drivers faced the twin
hazards of fog and ice. In a moment we'll hear
why the fog poses such a problem for our airports,
but first Steve Humphrey reports on a frustrating day
for many travellers. It is a blanket of fog that has
caused widespread travel disruption. Airports have been in the thick of
it, literally. The fog wrecked this family's hopes
for a smooth ride to Disneyland Paris. They left Dorchester at 3am
to get to the airport. We should have flown to Paris at 7:15 a.m.. We
have already missed one day at Disneyland, hopefully we will be
there tomorrow morning. Everyone, holiday makers and business
travellers, it was a very frustrating day. I walk through the
door on the flight was cancelled and they had to join a long queue to get
rebooked. I am trying to get to Edinburgh for work tomorrow and
doesn't like I will get there. As the day progressed, the number of
cancelled flights steadily increased. Altogether, Gatwick
cancelled 42 and arrivals and departures. 100 flights were
also had an impact on the roads with also had an impact on the roads with
61 crashes in Hampshire 31 in Dorset. And it has been a
challenging day for ferry operators and their passengers on routes to
the Isle of Wight with delays and some cancellations because of the
poor visibility. So why does the fog end up
grounding so many flights? It's a question I put
to Dan Townsend - Southampton Airport's Airside Operations
Manager. Aircraft operating at airports in
the UK have to do so under very strict limitations for visibility
and unfortunately when the fog comes and inevitably the fog brings very
low visibility, below these limits that aircraft type. They are
obviously very technical logical way advanced these days, can't systems
with fog? There are lots of systems that allow them to cope with thick
fog but there are days like today with very bad visibility of the
technology on the aircraft is always ultimately reliant on the human in
the cockpit to have a certain amount of visibility and with thick fog
they just don't have that. Can you tell us what it is like logistical
way for you planning when there is fog forecast? It is complicated. We
are good at it. We spoke to our colleagues in Exeter and we have
done a two our conference call everyday and we work with the
network planners to make sure we can get the most up-to-date information
for all other passengers and ensure they can plan journeys and whether
they have to be cancelled or diverted as well. More fog forecast
for tomorrow so I was looking? As you can see behind me, unfortunately
the fog has come in in the last hour to the levels we are seeing now run
the latest I have heralded as the fog is here to stay for the rest of
the day and possibly until late morning tomorrow. All I can see to
passengers is please do check with your airlines before you travel to
ensure you are as informed as possible before travelling.
Dan Townsend from Southampton Airport there.
Well, more fog is forecast for tomorrow - Steve Humphrey
Steve, what impact is that likely to have -
Yes, it looks like the fog is here to stay overnight.
The MET office has issued a Yellow Severe weather
Already we know that Heathrow expects to be cancelling around
Wightlink has said its Lymington to Yarmouth ferry wont
Red Funnel says delays are likely - and along with other
operators its urging people to check before they travel.
And after all those accidents this morning, Dorset Police issued
a statement today urging drivers to take far more care.
Thanks, Steve, and we'll have the weather with Alexis a bit later.
Meanwhile, Southern Railway will run a full timetable
tomorrow for the first time in nearly two months.
Today, despite a strike by members of the RMT union,
Southern said it managed to run seven in ten services with drivers
For the first time on a strike day Southern Portsmouth and Southampton,
and Sussex passengers had direct services to London.
Separate talks are continuing between the company and the drivers'
union Aslef which has suspended its strikes.
Almost 8,000 motorists were caught using hand-held mobiles at the wheel
in just a week during a major police operation in November.
The figures have been released as a new crackdown starts today.
It's all part of an attempt to make driving whilst
using a hand-held mobile as socially unacceptable as drink-driving.
Duncan Kennedy has been out with a patrol along the M27.
8am this morning and the rush-hour rash of drivers on their phones
We are out with John and Adam from Hampshire Police and they soon
come across this man using his device.
He accepts what he has done and gets a fixed penalty notice.
On another road, this man is texting.
Even in slow traffic it's an offence to use your phone.
He also is pulled over and given a ticket.
We carry on and even with the added dangers of today's fog, drivers
That driver is now about to get on his way, the fourth driver
we have stopped this morning and we have only been
No wonder today's figures show such a huge increase in the number
of drivers using their phones while at the wheel.
In a one-week nationwide police operation last November,
nearly 8,000 people were stopped using a mobile phone.
That's nearly four times the number just two years ago.
I think it's a combination of education, enforcement
on our part and changes to legislation which the government
have obviously planned, and it has taken years
for drink-driving to become socially unacceptable and we need the use
of mobile phones while driving to become unacceptable as well.
In 2015, Lee Martin was killed by a driver using his phone.
His brother said the public must wake up to this menace.
In March, the fines and penalty points will double for drivers
The law is trying to get ahead of people using this behaviour
Prince Harry was in Wiltshire today to see how former members
of the armed forces are being helped with their mental health.
The Prince spent the afternoon at the Help
for Heroes Recovery Centre in Tidworth, which supports
ex-service personnel who are living with anxiety,
He was shown around their project to build an Iron Age roundhouse.
The charity hopes the Prince's visit will help to remove the stigma
I have got both physical and mental issues I need to address, I am no
longer the person I was when I joined the force, and I think we
would all agree it is a therapeutic environment that enables us to
define ourselves by what we can do rather than things we can't do
because of injuries. They are pointed in the general direction of
years and it can be invaluable. That's all from the South Today
news team this evening. We're back tomorrow with bulletins
in BBC Breakfast and there's more Here with our regional weather
forecast is Alexis Green. As you heard earlier than the
programme, dense fog patches are possibility overnight and freezing
in places, the temperature dropping well below freezing so quite a cold
start with the dense fog staying with us but mainly dry up until
Friday with the possibility of a little rain. Overnight fog will
start to develop in the prone sports and overnight the temperature in the
countryside could drop as low as minus six Celsius. These are the
temperature is in our towns and cities with the yellow fog warning
in force throughout the night and tomorrow morning. The fog could
linger well into the afternoon and will start to rise into low cloud in
places. With that, Mr fog lingering and the temperature could struggle
to rise to a high of two Celsius but a high of 4-8 C. For the fog patches
are possibility with areas east of the Isle of Wight seeing more dense
fog patches. The farther west you are the less likelihood of fog. The
temperature falling to freezing or just below. Wednesday we have to
deal with the freezing fog once again in a few places but it starts
to clear and that is because the wind will increase particularly
through parts of Dorset and Wiltshire and where we see that, the
temperature up a notch to around 5-8. Travelling less cold day on day
but Thursday will be bitterly cold. Throwing in freezing a from Europe,
lots of sunshine during the day but given the breeze and the cold air
from the continent it will feel bitterly cold. The rain at times on
Friday, temperature reaching eight Celsius but looking to the weekend,
For the weekend we will have dry weather with sunny spells and it
will be a little bit milder. Good evening. We are continuing to
see huge righty in the weather. Getting the detail right is proving
to be a challenge. This was in Pembrokeshire and other parts of the
UK were gloomy throughout the day. The fog is thickening up right now.
Particularly pool on the M5 in south-west England. Very foggy
across parts of the West Country. This fog is tending to spread its
way further eastwards. Some fog as well across parts of Yorkshire.
Northern Ireland and Scotland are mild but damn. This is how we will
start the day. At eight o'clock in the morning, quite a lot of fog
around which could affect the major airports. What all of us have seen
fog. There will be Sunni areas to western fringes of England and
Wales. Across Northern Ireland and Scotland it is much milder. Some
patchy rain around coming in on the Bruce, particularly over the hills
in the West. Much of that will fade away. It will be relatively mild.
For England and Wales, much of the fog were clear. Some of it will not
sell it will be especially chilly. Quite a contrast in temperatures
again. -- so it will be especially chilly. Despite sunshine, it will be
on the chilly side. The fog will come back again. On Wednesday
morning, Central and eastern parts are particularly prone. Some
sunshine will emerge. Rather more cloud for Northern Ireland and
Scotland. Most of the rain will be held at bay. Still relatively mild.
A real edge to that further south and east. It would be a sign of
things to come. On Thursday we will tap into some particularly cold air
sitting over the continent for several days now. Europe is frozen
at the moment. Some of the freezing cold air will head towards us on a
stiffening south-easterly breeze. Some places will not get above
freezing, maybe the odd snow flurry. Wherever you are, it will feel cold.