Chaotic scenes associated with transport systems in developing countries have been playing out across the United Kingdom. And it has to do with what is being referred to as the perfect winter storm.
The snowfall has blanketed other areas in Europe and North America disrupting Christmas travelling plans for thousands of people.
But the UK has particularly soaked in the snow havoc, and the transport system could almost have been brought to a complete halt in the week preceding Christmas, were it not for a much welcomed respite from the foul weather.
Concerns have however been raised about the apparent lack of proper contingency plans to keep the transport sector functioning in the event of extreme wintry conditions.
It's not the first time to snow in the UK
For all its historical grandeur and centuries-old imperialistic conquests that led it to build an empire that span the entire globe, which has made English to be the most widespread of languages, a not so strange snowfall sends Great Britain into a tailspin.
In just a day, as many as 20,000 car breakdowns are reported, the Eurostar service is suspended with thousands of commuters left stranded in Paris and across the English Channel, scheduled flights and train journeys experience massive delays and in some cases total cancellation.
And as a result, the transport and local authorities now stand accused of a lacklustre response to the severe weather disruptions, especially with a very detailed and advanced warning of an approaching Arctic snow-laden cold front.
Had previous experiences with freezing temperatures not sufficiently warranted a blueprint of how to keep the country running in the event of icy weather striking again?