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More snow disruption

PUBLISHED: 12:49 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010

RESIDENTS face more disruption today (Thursday) with school closures, travel problems and suspended bin collections. Some 27 primary and secondary schools, out of 82 across Bexley, are closed or are due to shut early. Meanwhile 15 primary schools in Gr

RESIDENTS face more disruption today (Thursday) with school closures, travel problems and suspended bin collections.

Some 27 primary and secondary schools, out of 82 across Bexley, are closed or are due to shut early.

Meanwhile 15 primary schools in Greenwich are closed along with three secondary schools.

Bexley council said it would make "every attempt" to make refuse collections but that it has had to delay some so far. It added that if conditions continue to worsen then recycling would have to wait until next week as lorries were struggling with the treacherous road conditions.

Thousands of motorists faced traffic mayhem this morning when the M20 closed due to a jack-knifed lorry.

Residents can help if they are able by shovelling snow from the pavements in front of their properties.

Bexley council said it is continuing to grit the roads and that ploughs went out twice last night in an attempt to curb the snow from turning into packed ice.

A council spokesperson said: "We are doing our best to maintain refuse and recycling collection services throughout the severe weather spell. Unfortunately we have been unable to complete some of our collections.

"We have suspended all compost collections and will be using these resources to help catch up with the other outstanding collections.

"If the weather conditions continue to deteriorate, every attempt will be made to maintain refuse collections but all recycling collections will be suspended until next week.

"If it is considered unsafe to carry out collections we may have to suspend all collection services."

Greenwich council said it had successfully gritted all 'Priority 1' routes and the majority of 'Priority 2' ones. Priority 1 roads are all major routes, public transport routes, well trafficked hills and hospital access streets. Priority 2 roads are residential streets and pathways.

A spokesperson for Greenwich council said: "Council teams are working hard to continue to deliver services and grit roads during the current severe weather.

"Working in extremely difficult conditions this morning, the teams have gritted of all Priority 1 roads and most Priority 2 roads by 3.50am.

"Some Priority 2 roads were impassable even for our gritters but Priority 1 roads are all clear. Gritting teams have been working since 5 January to keep the priority routes clear.

"Gritting on other roads and pavements will follow as necessary. Please remember to be careful, even after gritting surfaces can still be slippery."

For information about school closures due to the weather conditions, see www.bexley.gov.uk and www.greenwich.gov.uk.


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