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Fresh snow falls add to travel problems

PUBLISHED: 08:13 18 December 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 06 July 2010

Icy conditions caused havoc for commuters this morning as people made their way into work.

Icy conditions caused havoc for commuters this morning as people made their way into work.

Icy conditions are causing havoc for people around the county.

Icy conditions and snow have caused havoc across the county for thousands of people.

Up to six inches of snow fell across the eastern region overnight and this morning freezing temperatures made for treacherous conditions on the roads, while more snow was predicted during today.

Across most of Norwich less than an inch of snow had settled - but still dozens of trains on local lines and to London were cancelled and schools closed.

Early morning trains between Norwich and Sheringham line and Norwich and Lowestoft were cancelled and trains on the Norwich to London line were also cancelled or delayed. Most services were up and running by 9am.

First Eastern Counties said their buses were all operating, although may be running late.

More than 110 Norfolk schools have closed today, including the Hewett, Costessey, Sprowston and Framingham Earl high schools, and Clover Hill Infants in Bowthorpe.

All of Norfolk County Council's 52 gritters took to the county's roads overnight, salting 1,900 miles of 70 main roads with more than 285 tonnes of salt, at a cost of more than £37,000. Elsewhere 280 farmers have offered to help clear roads with tractors and snowploughs.

The council's gritting depot in Sculthorpe was left without electricity or heating on Thursday night , with the crew using tea lights and a camping stove to ensure that they were able to carry on throughout the night, before back-up generators were available on Friday morning .

There was still traffic chaos this morning in Hunstanton Church has also been cancelled.

Snow and strong wind also caused power problems in some areas of Norfolk, including Kings Lynn, Narborough, Overstrand, West Beckham and West Winch.

A spokesman for EDF Energy, which looks after the network, said they were working to rectify the problems but their engineers were being hampered by the weather conditions.

The East of England Ambulance Service warned that roads were “extremely hazardous” and asked drivers to avoid unnecessary journeys. People were being asked to avoid calling ambulances unnecessarily and to call NHS Direct first if they are unsure.

The freezing temperatures and snowy conditions are expected to last until Tuesday at least .

The Met Office's Pat Boyle said: “East Anglia is really taking the brunt of the snow, it's right in the firing line.”

For updates throughout the day on the weather conditions, travel and school closures, visit www.eveningnews24.co.uk

Have you been caught in weather chaos? Call Tracey Gray on 01603 772418 or email tracey.gray@archant.co.uk.


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