Snow causing extensive delays, few accidents

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Renewed snowfall is disrupting road, rail and air traffic in much of the Netherlands as well as Britain and Germany.

The winter weather is causing considerable delays at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, with some flights cancelled. In addition, most flights to Spain have been cancelled due to a strike by Spanish air traffic controllers.

Roads in the west of the country have been covered by two to five centimetres of snow, causing delays but no major accidents. Accidents were few, according to the authorities, because of the low traffic volume and adequate gritting and salting.

Public transport in the main cities, including Amsterdam and The Hague, is also being affected, with buses, trams and trains experiencing long delays. Special crews are being sent out to fix problems caused by the snow, including frozen or stuck switches.

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