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Swindon and Wiltshire hit by snow chaos

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The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Photograph of the Author

Katie Bond, @SwindonAdver007

    Wiltshire is slowly grinding to a halt as heavy snowfall takes a grip on the county's transport network.
  • Bus services have been cancelled while rail journeys are severely affected. Roads are treacherous and police are warning drivers to avoid travelling if possible.
  • Schools are closed and hundreds of offices and factories are closing early.
  • Keep up to date with changes to rail and road transport, as well as school closures and other services affected by the snow on our live feed throughout the day.

Comments


Arrowfield 8:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

Kingshill is blocked with cars. Do not even attempt it!

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cght36 8:56am Fri 18 Jan 13

Nice to see the Wiltshire Times are on the ball as usual!! Whats happened with the school closure section you usually do!!!

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The Real Librarian 8:59am Fri 18 Jan 13

Usual snowday.

Idiots, and I mean, total and utter morons, who don't clear their headlights, rearlights or side windows and then pull out in front of oncoming traffic.

And BTW, yes lady in the Toyota by Faringdon Park, I do mean you

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PaulD 9:10am Fri 18 Jan 13

working from home has it's advantages!

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PaulD 9:42am Fri 18 Jan 13

Greenmeadow school closed.

Thamesdown Drive blocked

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A.Baron-Cohen 9:56am Fri 18 Jan 13

Please adjust your speed to the road conditions.
And also, please do not pull in front of other drivers expecting them to be able to stop on time.........

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Still Claire 10:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

And to the driver who didnt think that the pelican crossing along Queens Drive doesnt apply to him, you are supposed to stop when the light turns red and not keep driving and put your hand up. Idiot!

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roberto5 11:03am Fri 18 Jan 13

Richard Fisher, Streetsmart Service Delivery Manager, said: “Conditions on the roads are hazardous and we encourage motorists to avoid travelling unless it is absolutely essential. Our gritting crews are working round the clock to treat the roads – they completed two 270-mile routes, covering all main and nearly half of the roads in the Borough throughout the night. This morning they have also just completed a third trip for rural routes, where conditions are more treacherous. There have been some road closures in Wroughton, where there are very steep hills. We stress the importance of taking extreme care and wherever possible to avoid road travel.”




Idiot, thats not true, none of the hills are shut how can they be? They are the main arteries through Wroughton, which like the rest of Swindon doesn't seem to be gritted at all. Plenty of idiots drivers out as well, for 2 and a half hours I've watched a car try to make it up the hill, and just ending back were it started on there drive!

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pacehughes 11:27am Fri 18 Jan 13

Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:)
Too reliant on the car !!
Use your legs !!!

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melkshamlady 11:31am Fri 18 Jan 13

Anyone know if Dunkirk Hill and Caen Hill Devizes are closed? I'm hearing rumours they are but not finding any info on travel news!

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Sir Fawn Maker 11:44am Fri 18 Jan 13

got to laugh

the ad for swindon travel choices says "why drive in the snow when you can take the bus"

not if you're on a TT route you can't

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Robh 12:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Why do so many HGV drivers act like morons.

Look at the cameras on the motorways and dual carriageways and you will see many overtaking the other traffic. One dab of the brakes and you have a jack-knifed lorry blocking the road or causing an accident. The law should be changed so that in poor weather conditions lorries are restricted to the inside lane only.

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peatmoor pirate 12:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

pacehughes wrote…


Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:)
Too reliant on the car !!
Use your legs !!!

Presumably you are lucky enough to work a short distance from where you live, if you work at all. Some people had no choice.

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cght36 12:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

"Swindon and Wiltshire hit by snow chaos"

Last time I looked at a map Swindon was in Wiltshire, so the title for this article is a bit daft!!

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TinkeyWinkey 12:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Forecasters predicted it, so why are some so unprepared when dear old mother nature decides to drop aload of white stuff on us!!!


Some of the main roads don't look as if they've been gritted which isn't good. Still get some idiots that don't lower their speed despite the conditions. As for the buses, yes what a hinderance that is but considering the weight of one of those things filled with passengers, maybe there's a safety issue there. Let's face it we do live in a nanny culture of where there's blame there's a claim. One of those goes skidding off the road!!!

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house on the hill 1:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13

And the moron in Chicory Close who nicked the road salt for his own driveway, thanks a bunch! The sad thing was i wasnt in the least bit surprised.
Loads of idots on the roads, even more than usual...... What is it that make people take these chances with their lives and more importantly others. Do they genuinely not give a monkeys or are that just complete morons or both!

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yoR 1:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13

cght36 wrote…


"Swindon and Wiltshire hit by snow chaos"

Last time I looked at a map Swindon was in Wiltshire, so the title for this article is a bit daft!!

Nope, Swindon was expelled for bad behaviour

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roberto5 1:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Would you believe, I came out of my house this morning and there was snow! I know...Snow! In England. Best just stop everything and hibernate :-(

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woodlums 1:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

http://www.swindonad
vertiser.co.uk/news/
10169954.Services__a
cross_town_are_well_
prepared_for_snow/

what a load of rubbish! Can't see any signs of gritting in Highworth or don't we count as Swindon any more!!!???

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roberto5 2:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13

woodlums wrote…


http://www.swindonad

vertiser.co.uk/news/

10169954.Services__a

cross_town_are_well_

prepared_for_snow/

what a load of rubbish! Can't see any signs of gritting in Highworth or don't we count as Swindon any more!!!???

We don't want your kind round here! Clear off and get your own gritters!

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Captain T 2:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Took me 1h15 to get from the town centre to the hospital. Forget Drove Road - Queen's Drive is alright to drive on if you take it easy. Was a lorry stuck on Drove Road earlier though.

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Scattytaz 2:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Got to laugh...
I bought my rock salt from Tesco so my path is Nice and Clear....only cost me £1 a bag..

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Sir Fawn Maker 2:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13

peatmoor pirate wrote…


pacehughes wrote…


Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:)
Too reliant on the car !!
Use your legs !!!
Presumably you are lucky enough to work a short distance from where you live, if you work at all. Some people had no choice.

suppose it depends on your definition of short distance

According to google, my trip's 3.25 miles each way - never even considered the car and probably took less time than being caught in all the traffic

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beetawix 3:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

house on the hill wrote…


And the moron in Chicory Close who nicked the road salt for his own driveway, thanks a bunch! The sad thing was i wasnt in the least bit surprised.
Loads of idots on the roads, even more than usual...... What is it that make people take these chances with their lives and more importantly others. Do they genuinely not give a monkeys or are that just complete morons or both!

house on the hill complained ... "And the moron in Chicory Close who nicked the road salt for his own driveway, thanks a bunch! "

If this person is indeed a moron then he might have not understood.

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beetawix 3:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

along with the high volume of snow comes a rash of imbecilic use of the words moron, fool, idiot to describe fellow beings.
Often they are used following what is perceived to be an error in judgment.
One error does not a moron/idiot/fool make.
It is an ignorant and selfish accusation as the accusers have undoubtably made similar errors of judgement themselves and would probably not take kindly to being called idiot/moron/fool themselves. Imbeciles.

and with regard to the driving / walking squabblers - mind your own business

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Sashstaff 4:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Why were the main roads not gritted last night when snowfall was very light.

I've just seen one now after nearly 12 hours of snow! Bit late now, snow's already become frozen slush!

Also, it's great that dogs and kids can play in the snow, but just because the weather conditions are a little unusual it's no excuse to allow either to become out of control and unruly!

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Localboy86 4:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Got bus to work at nine, no problems (cheers Thamesdown bus driver, I wouldnt have fancied driving the bus in this weather but u did a top Job). Walked home after being sent home at 12. (can't blame the bus companys for not running). Had a great afternoon making snowmen with my beautiful daughter. Can't understand what the problem is, I've had the best Friday in ages...!!!!!

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lordbuckethead 4:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

cght36 wrote…


"Swindon and Wiltshire hit by snow chaos"

Last time I looked at a map Swindon was in Wiltshire, so the title for this article is a bit daft!!

Different local authorities - dohh

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swindon_mini 4:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

cght36 wrote…


"Swindon and Wiltshire hit by snow chaos" Last time I looked at a map Swindon was in Wiltshire, so the title for this article is a bit daft!!

No it is not. the Wiltshire District - Borough of Thamesdown became the County of Thamesdown in 1996. It was then renamed the County of Swindon 3 months later.

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MrAngry 5:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13

beetawix wrote…


along with the high volume of snow comes a rash of imbecilic use of the words moron, fool, idiot to describe fellow beings.
Often they are used following what is perceived to be an error in judgment.
One error does not a moron/idiot/fool make.
It is an ignorant and selfish accusation as the accusers have undoubtably made similar errors of judgement themselves and would probably not take kindly to being called idiot/moron/fool themselves. Imbeciles.

and with regard to the driving / walking squabblers - mind your own business

Is an imbecile more or less stupid than a moron?

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pacehughes 5:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Sir Fawn Maker wrote…


peatmoor pirate wrote…

pacehughes wrote…

Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:) Too reliant on the car !! Use your legs !!!
Presumably you are lucky enough to work a short distance from where you live, if you work at all. Some people had no choice.
suppose it depends on your definition of short distance According to google, my trip's 3.25 miles each way - never even considered the car and probably took less time than being caught in all the traffic

A very touchy Pirate !!!!(if you work at all ? whats that all about ?) do you think if you cant see your destination, it`s a car journey ? how far is no choice ? get out of your car & enjoy the weather

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LadyElizabeth79 5:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Lorries and cars crashed everywhere due to mindless idiots who drive like its a normal day, snow= slippy = if you break you want stop where you normally do.

As for "friendly car sales" who park their cars all over old walcot and drive around like idiots on a normal day were driving even more stupidly today

Prats.....

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purplerose 5:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13

I was just thinking that if everyone pulled together at these times then maybe we might all benefit from it.
Like if you have a shovel if everyone cleared the foot path out the front of there house then the whole foot path would be clear and if you had a bit of road in front of your house if you live on one of the quite streets then you would all have a clear road
I know ppl are going to say it,s not down to them it,s the council,s job but thats why all this happen,s cause the council only do the gritting on the main roads.Like the man that stole all the grit to do his drive if he had just done his drive then the bit of road outside his house it would of been a lot better and helped everyone else

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TinkeyWinkey 6:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Thought the grit was for the highway not someone's driveway. Selfish git

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Itssomewheretowork 8:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Reading the adver on line in Sweden is very entertaining.
Assuming that the amateur weather forecaster really meant to say mms rather than mls we have about 4 inches of snow. Schools closed, people unable to walk to their local junior schools, local industry having to stop very early but at laest the milk float got to the Registary office. No wonder Europe is getting further ahead of us. Here in sweden, the buses are running, the children are getting to school and their parents are riding their bikes to work. I thought that I must be in swindon as the children at the local kindergaten where out playing in the snow at 7.30 this morninga and at 6.30pm tonight... the teachers were out playing with them rather than filling in their health and safety forms. It was quite invigorating walking to the hotel from having a meal with a work colleague and their family, at midnight last night. It was only 30 minutes and on the journey I must have seen 30-40 locals all doing the same and giving a friendly wave and calling out "Hej".

I am lucky enough to be having an extra night at an airport hotel due to the BA flights from and to Heathrow being cancelled this afternoon due to the snow at Heathrow, which was i understanda similar depth to the snow in Swindon.
Oops nearly forgot to say, in the last 48 hours, approximately 2 feet six inches of snow has fallen here and it is about -10 degrees. I have seen lots of snow, bikes, cars, buses, lorries, trains and planes all moving, plus lots of people walking to and from work, often 5 miles or more. Not many minis or Hondas though.

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cght36 9:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

lordbuckethead wrote…


cght36 wrote…


"Swindon and Wiltshire hit by snow chaos"

Last time I looked at a map Swindon was in Wiltshire, so the title for this article is a bit daft!!
Different local authorities - dohh

Im not talking about authorities Im saying Swindon is in Wiltshire!!! DOH!!!

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SpeakUp 2:14am Sat 19 Jan 13

So what did we learn today?

1. The council grit the roads but noone sees any benefit. Maybe they grit at the wrong time or need to fit ploughs to the gritters? The major roads I travelled on did not appear gritted or cleared at all.
2. The council buses got suspended at 1030 creating panic in those who travelled to work by bus. Great. Actually it appears some services were still running so communications on their website were misleading.
3. Four inches of snow can cripple the town. Even when it is forecast in advance
4. Friday is not a good day for heavy-ish snow
5. Schools close when they never used to do so.
6. Despite advance warnings, many working parents have not made plans to share childcare when schools close "unexpectedly"
7. We must leave work early, even if we live locally. No logic required, Getting home late is simply not acceptable.
7. "Keep calm and carry on" was for a previous generation, not for us.
8. Good job we live in Swindon and not somewhere that gets real snow.
9. Allowing more time for your journey and driving smoothly means your journey is safe and stress-free
10. Did I mention the council? They cost the town millions of ppounds today through poor road management, unnecessary withdrawal (or poor communication) of services, especially buses and gritting. Well done. Council tax well spent.

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RichardR1 11:03am Sat 19 Jan 13

Itssomewheretowork I guess you will be relocating your family then as they do things so much better than we do in Britain.

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house on the hill 2:56pm Sat 19 Jan 13

""beetawix says...
3:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

along with the high volume of snow comes a rash of imbecilic use of the words moron, fool, idiot to describe fellow beings.
Often they are used following what is perceived to be an error in judgment.
One error does not a moron/idiot/fool make.
It is an ignorant and selfish accusation as the accusers have undoubtably made similar errors of judgement themselves and would probably not take kindly to being called idiot/moron/fool themselves. Imbeciles.""""

From you post then and I have to generalise as I dont know you, but if your husband/wife/child/m
other/father was killed by someone driving way to fast, ignoring the conditions and the law you wouldnt want them prosecuted because they were only "making an error of judgement like we all do".

An average of 9 people die on our roads each and every day and 10 times that many have "life changing" injuries" as the result of car accidents. The motoring organisations all agree that around 75% could have been avoided with a bit more care and attention. Your "error of judgement" that you see so keen to protect, kills over 2000 people a year and seriously injures 20,000. And you are having a go at people who call them morons? Seriously? And we wonder why the world is heading downt the toilet with those sort of attitudes. Moron!

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swindon_mini 4:02pm Sun 20 Jan 13

cght36 wrote…


lordbuckethead wrote…

cght36 wrote…

"Swindon and Wiltshire hit by snow chaos" Last time I looked at a map Swindon was in Wiltshire, so the title for this article is a bit daft!!
Different local authorities - dohh
Im not talking about authorities Im saying Swindon is in Wiltshire!!! DOH!!!

I will repeat my post.

No it isn't. Swindon is a County in its own right. Hence when you see a UK counties map swindon is seperate from Wiltshire.

Look Here ->

http://www.legislati
on.gov.uk/uksi/1995/
1774/article/8/made

"Constitution of new county of Thamesdown
8.—(1) Thamesdown shall cease to form part of Wiltshire.

(2) A new county shall be constituted comprising the area of Thamesdown and shall be named the county of Thamesdown.

(3) Section 2(1) of the 1972 Act (which provides that every county shall have a council) shall not apply in relation to the county of Thamesdown. "

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itsamess3 12:02pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Strange how all the letters i recieve end in Swindon Wiltshire.

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