Icy weather and snow snarls up Notts traffic over weekend
THE heavy snowfall on Saturday evening led to delays and cancellations on public transport across the county.
The worst affected were bus services, with Nottingham City Transport cancelling all buses after 8.30pm on Saturday due to the worsening weather conditions.
Traffic came to a standstill on many roads, with vehicles stuck or abandoned at the roadside. Pensioner John Mann, of West Bridgford, was left to walk home after he was stranded in the city centre, which he said was "absolutely deplorable."
He added: "Both the city and the county council knew that bad weather was coming."
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By Sunday morning, many services were up and running, but diversions were in place to avoid more hazardous areas.
Yesterday afternoon diversions remained on a number of routes, including Green Line 10, Maroon Line 13, Pink Line 28, Orange Line 35, Blue Line 39, and Yellow Line buses 68 and 69.
Trains on the Robin Hood Line between Nottingham and Worksop were cancelled on Saturday night due to heavy snow on the line in Kirkby-in-Ashfield, and problems with the points.
However, there were no disruptions to trains coming through Nottingham on Sunday.
East Midlands Airport closed at 4.30pm on Saturday, and five flights to the airport were diverted elsewhere.
The airport was operational again on Sunday, but flights to Sharm el Sheik, Toulouse and Tenerife faced delays.
A statement on the airport's website yesterday said that customers could now expect to travel as normal, but added: "It is possible that a small number of flights to areas of Europe that are currently affected by snow could experience short delays because of weather problems down-route."
At other airports, the most significant air travel set-backs were reported at Heathrow. But also affected were Stansted, Birmingham and Luton, where flights were suspended for a period on Saturday night as snow piled up on the runways. Services resumed yesterday, albeit with some delays.
Despite the best efforts of gritting teams, driving conditions were treacherous throughout Notts.
Lower Parliament Street in Nottingham was closed on Saturday night due to the icy conditions and Mansfield Road, the A60 and the A614 were also extremely icy.
A spokesman for Notts Police said: "The snow and the low temperature is an extremely dangerous combination for drivers – our advice is to stay off the roads and only drive if it's absolutely essential."
Although no more snow is forecast for the county, temperatures are set to remain near freezing – meaning snowy roads will soon turn to ice.
Driving advice from Notts County Council includes reducing speed and allowing greater distance to slow down.