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Snow Induced Chaos Continues

Feb 02 2009 23:28
Ashley Brown and Kirsty Patterson
Non-essential travel in London is being advised against, as snow closes roads and hits the public transport system. Stay at home, most of College is shut!
Keep waiting, mate

Article originally published as 'Snow Closes College Departments' by Ashley Brown on the morning of 2nd February 2009.

Sunday night's heavy snowfall has caused the cancellation of lectures across the College, after it closed large swathes of the capital's infrastructure. A number of departments have been completely closed due to a lack of first-aiders and support staff.


Most London Buses are currently withdrawn due to dangerous conditions between bus garages and central London, some above-ground sections of London Underground closed and National Rail services mostly cancelled. Those poor saps like the author in the vicinity of Croydon Tramlink will find that closed too, due to the apparent failure of Croydon Council to prepare for snow.

All non-essential travel in London is currently being advised against - those staff and students who made it in to campus were advised to leave by 2pm, when more heavy snowfall was expected. Students in Beit, Prince's Gardens and Evelyn Gardens could have made it, but you probably didn't have any lectures to go to. You probably didn't need to hand in your coursework today either.

Further heavy snowfall is expected during this evening, meaning anyone still in College might have a problem getting back home again. In an update issued from Imperial College London at 16:10 on Monday 2nd February, staff and students have been advised to remain at home if they consider travel to be too dangerous and to expect further disruption tomorrow. It is unsure whether the current cancellations and closures will be carried forward to tomorrow so you are advised to check the website before deciding to travel/stay at home.

Confirmed cancellations for Tuesday 3rd February:

  • Mechanical Engineering: All teaching cancelled
  • Chemical Engineering: All lectures, labs and pilot plant activities cancelled
  • Aeronautical Engineering: All lectures, tutorials and labs are cancelled for Undergraduates and MScs
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering: Classes are cancelled but the Department remains open for private study
  • Business School: All lectures cancelled
  • Life Sciences: Immunology and EIM classes for 2nd Year Undergraduate Biologists are cancelled. Development Evolution Animal Form for 3rd Year Undergraduate Biologists is also cancelled to resume on 5th February.
  • Materials: All lectures and tutorials for the MORNING ONLY are cancelled. Watch out from an update at 11:00am about afternoon lectures and tutorials.
  • Bioengineering: All lectures, labs and tutorials are cancelled. Year 3 and 4 Undergraduates should contact their Project Supervisors to find out about individual scheduled project meetings.
  • Computing: All teaching is cancelled but the Department will be open.

Timetables are expected to return to normal for Wednesday 4th February.

Departmental Closures on Monday 2nd February included:

  • Registry from 14:30
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • All Libraries and College Catering Outlets
  • Undergraduate Medicine Office from 14:00
  • Imperial College Union All Dungeon Operations (SAC) will be continuing via email.

Lectures and Classes were cancelled in the following Departments on Monday 2nd February:

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computing
  • Materials
  • Business School
  • Biology and Biochemistry
  • Sir Alexander Fleming Building (Life Sciences and Medicine)
  • Humanities (including Evening Classes)
More snow is on the way! (Photo: Ashok Argent-Katwala,

Students in ESE have been advised that all lectures will continue as normal with a coursework extension for all Monday 9am deadlines until Tuesday 12pm. Students from other departments are thankful that they do not have a polar explorer amongst the staff making decisions on lecture cancellations.

Ethos Sports Centre expects to continue to operate with reduced opening times tomorrow, between 7:00-17:00. You will be unable to enter the sports centre after 16:30.

On the transport front:

  • London Buses are mostly not-running, except for a limited service on some routes
  • South Kensington station is NOW RE-OPENED
  • Circle Line is suspended
  • District Line is suspended between Earl's Court and Edgware Road/Olympia
  • Piccadilly Line is suspended between Acton Town and Uxbridge
  • Severe delays and Part Suspensions on most other lines
  • National Rail services are mostly running with severe delays, extensive cancellations or with no service at all.

See the TfL website for the latest tube updates.

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Discussion about “Snow Induced Chaos Continues”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Feb 02 2009 08:39

Good ol' Blighty. We all know it's coming but we come to a grinding halt anyway. Are we rubbish or do we just need an excuse for a day off work?

Feb 02 2009 08:41

The physics department just emailed everyone saying it is closed today.


Feb 02 2009 09:31


That e-mail having been helpfully sent out about ten minutes into my journey to campus. Anyway, I walked in and the weather is not that bad.

Feb 02 2009 09:31

DoC is also closed today.

Feb 02 2009 09:42

And the Union offices!

Feb 02 2009 09:45


Feb 02 2009 09:50

Nothing can keep the guildsmen away from their office!

Feb 02 2009 09:50

Chem Eng is still open :-(

*goes back to work*

9. Danny   
Feb 02 2009 10:07

Maths closed too.

10. Trish   
Feb 02 2009 11:00

They did grit high street ken last night doesnt seem to of worked very well tho. (Mech Eng is closed)

11. Rhys   
Feb 02 2009 11:02

I've decided you're a liar Andrew

Feb 02 2009 11:58

On an unrelated note... I sense some Live! poll rigging?

Feb 02 2009 12:01

Final year undergrads still have to work! Lazy postgrads....

Feb 02 2009 15:01

ESE business as usual, because we're harder than all of you.

Feb 02 2009 15:17

Library Closed, Catering Closed, ugh! What's the use of a day off when you can't do anything useful with it?

Nice big Snowmen on Queen's Lawn though. And it looked a lot snowier than that picture of Queen's Lawn when I walked past. :o)

Feb 02 2009 15:41

I'd love to see any photos people have taken of our amazing snow storm. I hear that there are loads of snowmen, etc, and I'd be really keen to see what you have taken of each other, campus, activities, views from their windows, etc.

People can email me their photos or send me a link to flickr or where ever if they have any images they'd be willing to share with me. I'm always looking for shots to show the campus in a variety of weather conditions and it's so rare for us to have real snow!

We would like to have a slide show to have on our website and to also use the images in the prospectus. etc.

Thanks much!


  • -

Beth Elzer

Art Director

Imperial College London

[email protected]

17. Anon.   
Feb 02 2009 17:24

There was lots going on in Hyde Park today. If there's another snow-day tomorrow then that's where you should all be at.

Feb 02 2009 17:54

All very well for those people who can actually get to Hyde Park...

19. Elly   
Feb 02 2009 20:11

Ashley, i think you should get hold of a road work sign and surf in..


20. aaagh   
Feb 02 2009 22:40

why isn't the physics department closed tomorrow *sob

21. Flower   
Feb 03 2009 08:40

It's all melted!

No reason college should be closed today - come on you lazy undergrads, get out of bed.

Why am I refereing to undergrads?

Well clearly some postgrades made it in in hyde park:

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Feb 03 2009 16:32


Is it the fact that Peter has some votes that gives it away?

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