Snow causes major travel disruption across Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 11:51 02 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:10 02 March 2018
Police are advising people do not use the roads this morning (Friday) after having to declare a major incident overnight due to heavy snowfall.
Several routes have been closed over the past 24 hours on safety grounds.
Train and bus services are also hugely disrupted, while many flights to and from Bristol Airport have been cancelled.
Schools across Weston-super-Mare and the wider district have chosen to stay shut today.
Here are the latest details:
Main roads such as the M5 and A370 are clear of traffic and gritters have been out all night.
Police say the slippery conditions mean even those main routes are dangerous – a lorry crashed off the M5 last night (Thursday).
Avon and Somerset Constabulary are urging people to not venture out this morning.
Its spokesman said: “Please don’t use the region’s roads this morning as conditions are still dangerous. More snow and ice is expected today.
“Last night, a major incident was declared and an operation was launched to rescue people stranded in vehicles.”
Police meanwhile this morning have tried to rescue passengers stuck in a car in Burrington.
The following roads were closed yesterday:
* Hildesheim Bridge, Weston
* Chapel Hill, Clevedon
* Holly Lane, Clevedon
* Manor Road, Weston
* Baytree Road, Weston
* Monks Hill, Kewstoke
* Manmoor Lane, Clevedon
* Court Lane, Clevedon
* Davis Lane, Clevedon
* Caswell Lane, Clapton-In-Gordano
* Caswell Hill, Portbury
* Naish Hill, Clapton in Gordano
* Wraxall Hill, Wraxall and Failand
First Bus will not run any services today.
Its spokesman apologised, adding: “After a review of conditions we have decided in the interest of safety of our staff, customers and other road users that no bus services will operate today (Friday).
“Whilst some of the main roads are beginning to clear, minor roads, bus stops, pavements, bus stations and our own bus depots are still affected by adverse conditions making it unfeasible to run services safely.”
The snow means Great Western Railway is running a very limited service this morning.
But it is asking people not to travel unless necessary.
Its spokesman said: “As it stands we are only expecting to be able to run a minimal service on Friday, and further extreme weather forecast later in the day means the train service is likely to be more affected as the day goes on.
“It is a very real concern that, even if conditions mean we can move people in the morning, we may not be able to get them home later in the day, and on that basis we have to strongly advise customers not to travel on some of our routes.”
Work was carried out overnight to try to keep the runway operational, although a number of flights had to be cancelled.
But despite those efforts, the airport had to close its runway this morning.
It was reopened though just before 12.30pm.
Its spokesman said: “The runway has now reopened to enable flights which have not already been cancelled to operate today.
“Please note that airline cancellations mean the remaining flight schedule is very limited.“Road conditions at and around the airport remain challenging and drivers should proceed with caution.
“Bus and coach operators have cancelled public transport services between the airport and Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and Bath for the rest of the day.
“easyJet has cancelled all flights to and from Bristol Airport for the remainder of the day and most other carriers have experienced significant disruption to their flight programmes.
“Passengers are advised to contact their airline for the latest flight information and check the latest local travel updates before setting off to the airport.”