AA reports busiest night in 25 years - 700 breakdowns coming in every hour today; 2,000 motorists were trapped by the snow on the Basingstoke ring road; More than 100 people spend the night in Buckinghamshire department store; Eurostar resumes limited service - four days after its trains were crippled by cold; Delays and cancellations at major airports including Heathrow and Manchester; Overnight temperatures drop to -14C in the Scottish Highlands and -9C in Cheshire
Furious motorists have accused local authorities of putting lives at risk by failing to keep major roads clear of snow and ice after some of the heaviest pre-Christmas snowfalls in a decade.
Thousands of drivers were trapped in their cars overnight and many more vehicles were abandoned after heavy evening snow showers created chaos across Britain's transport network.
With anger growing at the inability to learn the lessons of the big February freeze, the AA - which experienced its busiest night for 25 years - said councils should have acted 'sooner' and 'more thoroughly' to make roads safe.
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