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PUBLISHED: 11:21 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 17:29 25 August 2010

BRRRR: Braving the elements walkers take look over the bridge at Footscray Meadows

BRRRR: Braving the elements walkers take look over the bridge at Footscray Meadows

RESIDENTS and commuters faced further snow chaos as blizzard conditions returned yesterday, with forecasts of more snow at the weekend. It was snowing hard as the Times went to press yesterday, causing Southeastern Trains to reduce services and motorists

RESIDENTS and commuters faced further snow chaos as blizzard conditions returned yesterday, with forecasts of more snow at the weekend.

It was snowing hard as the Times went to press yesterday, causing Southeastern Trains to reduce services and motorists to prepare for traffic mayhem.

Despite the forecast school staff and Bexley Council are remaining upbeat.

Angela Twohey, senior personnel manager at the Thomas Tallis School in Kidbrooke Park Road, Blackheath, said: "We're not really fazed by the weather at the moment, it's manageable. But it is forecast to get worse so we'll just play it by ear because the forecasters do sometimes get it wrong.

"We don't have any plans to close the school and we're currently operating as normal. But if conditions deteriorate, then we may have to close. The headteacher will have to make that decision if and when it is necessary.

"In that case, an automated call will be made to parents and we will post a notice on our website."

She added: "Staff haven't had problems getting in, apart from three teachers who live a long way out.

"And I haven't looked at the attendance form yet, but we seem to have a lot of students in the school!"

Forecasts say that temperature is unlikely to rise above Oc this week, so the carpet of snow is likely to turn to ice, which caused widespread chaos a week before Christmas.

Greenwich council workers were out in force on Tuesday to ensure roads were gritted before the snow fell.

Work is under way to grit over 1000km of walkways to ensure they are as safe as possible during the icy weather.

Woodside School in Halt Robin Road, Belvedere, was the only school in the Bexley Borough closed as we went to press, though many schools have warned of possible closures.

Southeastern trains implemented a revised Metro and Mainline timetable yesterday to ensure they are 'able to run the best service possible in these weather conditions'.

This means a limited number of services will arrive in London before 9am for the foreseeable future. A revised timetable is available from www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 0871 200 49 50 for train time information.

The perilous conditions are causing chaos across most of the UK, with hundreds of schools closed, hazardous roads and delays on buses, trains and planes.

Send your snow snaps to: kate.mead@archant.co.uk


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