polo outlet commerce ga Gritters out in force as roads and schools in Cumbria closed after ice strikes
Several roads across Cumbria are closed as sub zero temperatures have struck the county and the county’s gritters are out in force trying to combat the problems.
Snow and ice have played havoc among parts of the UK and Cumbria is also feeling the effects.
Cumbria Police and Cumbria County Council’s highways teams have been responding to a number of road traffic collisions and accidents this morning, as drivers’ battle with icy conditions across the road network.
Gritters are also out and about trying to protect the county’s roads.
There’s also reports of delays on the A595 at Egremont as traffic is heavier than normal southbound from Egremont bypass to Sellafield main gate. Travel time is 31 minutes between the two locations.
People using the M6 southbound to leave Cumbria will also hit delays between junctions 32 and 33 (Lancaster) following an earlier vehicle fire. One lane is closed currently.
It is unclear what has caused the delays.
St Bega’s C of E Primary School, Holmrook, is closed until tomorrow. Staff there say they’ve taken the decision due to solid ice on the playground and the access routes.
Trains on the West Coast Mainline are also affected by the weather. The early services from Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Picadilly to London Euston have been cancelled.
Some of this morning’s services on the line,
between Edinburgh/Glasgow and London Euston/Birmingham New Street, through Carlisle, are delayed because of a variety of problems including the weather. However, it appears that none are cancelled at this stage.
Some bus routes across the county are affected,
“It is vital to ensure your vehicle is prepared for the winter and to be aware of slippery road surfaces as well as taking a supply of warm clothes and food on all journeys.
“Cumbria has some of the highest terrain and most challenging roads in the country.
“Our gritting team plays a vital role in keeping the county moving and are well prepared for whatever challenges the weather continues to bring this winter.
“It’s also very important that people exercise the same caution on treated routes as they do on non treated roads just because a road has been gritted doesn’t mean it is safe in sub zero temperatures.”