Swindon and Wiltshire hit by snow chaos

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  • 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.

4:12pm

Rhianon Gina has sent in this picture of what she thinks might be the biggest snowman in Swindon. Pictured with the frosty being, which was made by a group of neighbours, is Tom Hitchcock.

Do you know of a bigger snowman? Send your pictures to newsdesk@swindonadvertiser.co.uk

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

3:44pm

More than 3,000 tonnes of salt was spread on Wiltshire’s roads, footways and car parks as Wiltshire Council’s highways team worked round the clock the keep the county moving this weekend.

Since Friday, 3,070 tonnes of salt has been used to treat primary and secondary networks, community routes, car parks and town centres ensuring disruption was kept to a minimum during the wintry weather.

Community support has also been welcomed with 50 farmers assisting with snow ploughing and blowing and many town and parish councils activating their local snow plans which were developed with help and resources from Wiltshire Council.

Grit bins have been regularly refilled during the weekend. Residents are being advised to use 1 tablespoon of salt to 1/m2 ratio of ground.

The council is prepared for any further wintry weather with crews across the county on standby.

As the cold weather continues crews will salt the primary routes and monitor the situation.

People are being encouraged to drive carefully in the current conditions and never assume a road has been treated.

Wiltshire Council’s twitter account @wiltshirewinter will be giving up-to-date information on the conditions and affected areas.

3:21pm

2:58pm

Swindon Council's Richard Fisher, Streetsmart Service Delivery Manager, said: "We are providing a catch-up service for any rubbish collections, which were unfortunately missed last Friday due to the snow.

"Any blue bag collections which were missed will be picked up tomorrow (Tuesday, January 22), so please make sure the bags are left outside from 6am.

"Various wheelie bin collections were also disrupted and we have scheduled in dates for throughout this week to empty them for affected households.

"Please see our website for full details or call (01793) 445501.

"If your recycling was missed, please take it in and put it out on your next due collection date.

"Many thanks for your co-operation and apologies for any inconvenience.”

2:27pm

Lower Shaw Farm have cancelled their Wednesday Cafe this week, because the driveway is slippery, the car park is under snow and the farmyard resembles an ice rink. 

Provided all is well, the cafe will be held next Wednesday as planned.

For details, see www.lowershawfarm.co.uk.

1:09pm

Due to adverse weather conditions, tonight's planned closure for roadworks on the M4 has been cancelled.

The main carriageway at M4 East and West Junctions 19-20 and M5 South to M4 West link road was due to be closed from 10pm until 6am the following morning. 

The Highways Agency will re-assess weather conditions regarding the remainder of this week's closures.

12:31pm

Thamesdown Transport have announced that the road conditions in Millgrove Street at Redhouse have recently improved, so Service 15A is now operating normally, as are all other routes.

12:10pm

Statement from Thamesdown Transport:

"Our services are running normally today, except for Service 15A which is not serving Millgrove Street at Redhouse due to the road conditions.

We have been advised by Swindon Borough Council that the road works at Haydonleigh Drive and The Street at Moredon have been cancelled for this week and so Services 13 and 14 have now resumed their normal route.

ADVANCE NOTICE FOR TUESDAY, JANUARY 22
The Tesco Free Bus T4 Hatherop to Tesco Cirencester,  WILL NOT RUN due to adverse road conditions along the route.

12:01pm

Here's a little meerkat with snowy paws to warm your heart on this freezing Monday. But don't worry, the meerkats, pictured at Cotswold Wildlife Park, have outdoor heat lamps and heated indoor enclosures to keep them warm.The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

11:27am

But Sheila had lost her head and was spotted a few streets away on her way to work.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

11:22am

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

Caroline Matthews and her daughter Jordan lovingly created snowgirl Sheila yesterday and woke up this morning hoping to see their new member of the family safe and well...

11:15am

Cotswold Wildlife Park has sent us pictures of Sarka their male Wolverine in the snow and keeper Chris Green with Humboldt Penguins.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

Hayley Rothwell, Primate keeper, said: "All the keepers are working hard to keep all of our animals safe and warm.

"It is tough going in the snow but it has to be done and as long as our animals are ok, we are happy. Most species stay inside where it is warm and dry, especially our Primates and Meerkats. Other species, like our Wolverines and Snowy Owls love the snow."

11:09am

The Tesco Free Bus T4 Hatherop to Tesco Cirencester will not run on Tuesday January 22 due to adverse road conditions along the route.

10:31am

This is the latest round up of schools that are closed today:

  • Crowdys Hill School
  • Kingsdown School
  • Nova Hreod School
  • Riverside Centre
  • Robert Le Kyng Children's Centre
  • Stratton Education Centre

And the following schools are partially closed:

  • Churchfields School - open from 10.30am
  • Croft Primary School - open from 10am
  • Drove Primary School - open from 10am
  • Isambard Community School - open from 9.30am
  • Lethbridge Primary School - open from 10am
  • Moredon Primary & Nursery School - open from 10am
  • Mountford Manor Primary School - opening from 10am
  • Rodbourne Cheney Primary School - opening from 10am
  • Swindon Academy (all sites) - open from 9.45am
  • Tregoze Primary School - open from 10am

 

9:50am

Wiltshire Councillor for Purton, Jacqui Lay, has issued this notice about Tadpole Lane.

She said: "I have now been told by SBC that the contractor was planning to be off the site by the afternoon of the 1 February therefore the bridge would have been opened by 2 February however due to the bad weather the resurfacing may be delayed – the resurfacing was due to start today but is weather dependant."

9:22am

To see more of your snow pictures from this weekend visit our online gallery.

9:21am

Dee, Tim and Macy and Sid James from Copse Avenue say 'Keep calm and carry on'.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

9:18am

More snow photos have come in this morning - award for best igloo goes to Banita and Raisham Mudhar for this effort.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

9:11am

Sue Wigmore has sent in a photo of her army of snow cats.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

8:41am

Crowdy's Hill School, Kingsdown School, Riverside Centre, Stratton Education Centre and Nova Hreod School all closed today. More updates to follow.

 

8:33am

Take extra care when getting to work this morning - side roads are very icy and pavements are slippy.

Thamesdown Transport  expect their services to run normally today, except for Service 15A which will not serve Millgrove Street at Redhouse due to the road conditions.

Service 13/14 customers are reminded that the diversion at Moredon resumes today due to roadworks on The Street and Haydonleigh Drive. Buses will run via Purton Road and Westfield Way instead and so the stops at Barton Road, The Brow, Brookdene, Mellow Ground and Foxglove Road will not be served.

4:00pm

3:39pm

One of our regular readers takes some chill out time.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

3:28pm

Police advice: Many of the residential streets and cul-de-sacs are like ice rinks. Please take extreme care if you have to drive, take it slow and leave plenty of space between you and the vehicle ahead.

3:16pm

Great Western Ambulance Service have said they have seen a rise in reports of slips and trips on the ice today. Go careful while walking on the pavements.

2:07pm

Two-year-old Jesse Bryant enjoying the snow in Lawn at the weekend.

 

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

11:45am

11:42am

Interesting perspective from a Polish taxi driver last night on the weather. He said services in Poland, Germany, Austria all find the first day of snow chaotic until normal service resumes.

Also he suggested that as it snows so infrequently here in the UK that Government spending money on equipment to allow us to cope would be a ineffective use of taxpayers' money and would also see taxes rise.

11:35am

Snow falling across the town again. The Met Office predicted light snowfall today and tomorrow. #blameitontheweatherman.

11:30am

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11:27am

More readers' pictures have come in overnight. How about this one from Tracy Brett of a unicorn - nice work.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

11:17am

Good morning all - Swindon is still white but things are moving again at least.

Thamesdown Transport expect all services to run as normal today, and most mjaor routes are clear after Swindon Council gritters again worked through the night.

5:32pm

Signing off for tonight but hopefully this photo sent in of Ayla Edginton, 4, Rhys Silvanus, 4 and Scarlett Silvanus, 2 making snow angels will warm your cockles as you bed in for a chilly Saturday evening.

Keep checking the Adver website tomorrow for more details of any ongoing disruption, travel news and closures.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

 

 

5:23pm

Paolo thanks fans for their efforts with the shovels last night.
 

 

5:07pm

More snow is predicted by the Met Office tomorrow and sub-zero temperatures will see the white stuff still on the ground turn to ice so drivers and walkers are advised to be wary.

Light snowfall suggested to start around midday, accompanied by nine mile per hour winds, and a temperature that will feel like minue eight degrees celcius. Brrrrr! 

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/forecast/swindon#?tab=fiveDay

4:57pm

4:52pm

ARTS CENTRE: Tonight's show by Adriana Beaumont-Thomas; Chopin: The Heart Of The Romantic at the Arts Centre has been cancelled. Call the box office with any queries on 01793 614837.

4:41pm

The Oasis Leisure Centre is closing the pool at 5pm today.

4:30pm

Town players are rewarding their 7,500 supporters for their dedication in braving the snow and bitter cold. Leading 2-0 against Shrewsbury.
 

 

4:09pm

Tweet from BUSHWACKERS & SIN ‏@BUSHSINSWINDON
Open as usual tonight doors open 10.30pm.

4:05pm

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4:03pm

And here's one from Rachel Wilson of her snowman just chillin' in Lawn Woods this afternoon. 

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

3:58pm

Some stunning pictures being sent to us by readers today and yesterday. Here's one of Queens Park by Laarni Miles.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

3:39pm

None of the others can hold a torch to this one though - unfortunately it didn't survive the night. Nice work @gemmaamelia and her mum.

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

 

3:31pm

Some of you have been very creative out in the snow today. Nods to @davidjell

 

and @gemmaamelia

 

 

1:49pm

Town fan Darren Jones just rang in to say how the shovelling at the County Ground went last night.

Paolo was clearing snow from the goaline at the Town End so keep your eyes peeled for goals.

He's predicted a 2-0 win.

1:29pm

1:29pm

1:26pm

Nice pic from STFC at the County Ground before the shovelling effort began yesterday. 

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

12:27pm

Swindon North MP Justin Tomlinson is enjoying the snow. He just tweeted ‏@JTomlinsonMP
Sledging with the best of them in Redhouse! #snowballfight

12:26pm

Greyhounds meeting at Blunsdon stadium is off tonight.

 

12:10pm

Another cool shot of the shovelling effort at Town last night. No doubt down to fans (and Paolo) that the game is on.

Jack Harte ‏@hartejack
Paolo Di Canio spent all night shovelling snow at the County Ground, Swindon http://ow.ly/i/1orCc

12:05pm

Here's Town fan Tim Thurston (@ThurstonTim) with boss Paolo Di Caniop at last night's shovelling effort. Great work.
@Official_STFC helping paolo to clear the ground for tomorrow's game. Well done to all the fantastic volunteers! pic.twitter.com/3TR2QUSU

11:55am

Tweet from Town fan Kevin Horlock ‏@Kevinhorlock6
Paolo Di Canio helps clear the snow off the Swindon pitch late into the night then buys all the helpers pizza #ledge pic.twitter.com/wOk7EC3m

11:40am

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11:15am

Tweet from Councillor David Renard ‏@CllrDavidRenard
"A full salt of all A & B routes took place overnight, with further treatment happening now & rural routes being laid heavier where necessary."

11:06am

County Ground update: Just heard from Chief Sports Writer Sam Morshead the Town game against Shrewsbury is on.

All fans are advised to set off early and beware icy road conditions on approach to the County Ground.

Come on you Reds.

11:00am

Stagecoach disruptions affecting Swindon:

SWINDON DISRUPTIONS DUE TO THE WEATHER

UPDATED 19 JAN 13 @ 1000

The majority of routes operating from Stagecoach in Swindon are running normally.  However, there may be delays at times due the conditions in certain areas and slow-moving traffic.

Service 6 - Normal service

Service 7 - Normal service

Service 8 - Normal service

Service 49 - Currently not serving Bishop's Cannings

Service 51 - Normal service

Service 53 - Normal service, but currently not serving Bowling Green Lane, or Chesterton estate in Cirencester

Service 55 - Normal service

Service 65 - Normal service

Service 66 - Normal service

Service 70 - Normal service, but currently not serving Mays Lane/Station Road in Chiseldon

Service 71 - Normal service

Service 72 - Normal service

10:58am

10:51am

10:50am

Thamesdown Transport services have resumed this morning. See below for detials.

BAD WEATHER BULLETIN AS AT 1100 SATURDAY 19 JANUARY 2013

 


Services are running normally today with some modifications due to local road conditions:
Service 15A - full route to Redhouse Way then direct to Asda Walmart via Thamesdown Drive. We are unable to serve Millgrove Street or Eastbury Way.
Service 21 - full route except not via Downton Road, Minety Road and Ramsbury Avenue at Penhill Valley. The bus will use Penhill Drive instead.
Service 22 - full route except turning in Okus at Portland Avenue. We are unable to serve Tithebarn Crescent or St Helens View.
Services 46/46A - normal route except not via Foxhill or Baydon.
Service 47 - running between Swindon and Ashbury only.
Services 48/48A - normal route except not via Foxhill and Baydon.
Services 70A (evening service) - normal route except not via Draycot Foliat.
Service 72A (evening service ) - will run between Swindon and Wroughton only.  

Service 13/14 customers are reminded that the road works at Moredon are suspended over the weekend and so buses will be following their normal route along The Street and Haydonleigh Drive

10:48am

Tweet from GreatWesternHospital ‏@GWH_NHS
With minimal snowfall overnight, demand from staff for our emergency 4x4 transport to get into/out of work has dropped which is a good sign.

10:47am

News from the County Ground: Work continuing at #STFC to get the surrounding areas cleared. Please allow extra time and care when coming to The CG! #STFC

10:46am

Tweet from Swindon Council ‏@Swindonnews
#swindonsnow following libraries are closed today: Moredon, Wroughton, Covingham, Even, Liden, Penhill, Pinetrees, Walcot, Mobile library

10:46am

Tweet from Swindon Council ‏@Swindonnews
#Swindon Highworth Rec open as normal today with swimming lessons 10.00-12.00 and casual swim 12.00-16.00 #swindonsnow

10:41am

A429 Stow Road at Cirencester closed both ways due to snow and ice between B4425 / Cherrytree Lane (Cirencester) and Fosscross Lane (Fossebridge).

10:40am

First Great Western: Normal service resumed on First Great Western between Swindon and London Paddington following earlier problem with lineside equipment at Didcot Parkway.

10:39am

Road conditions on many of Swindon's arterial roads have improved but icy patches remain, particularly in residential streets, so drivers are advised to remain cautious.

9:23pm

The gritters will be out in force again tonight, but drivers are being warned to take extra care when taking to the roads around Swindon and Wiltshire tomorrow morning, as temperatures drop below freezing overnight.

6:42pm

6:39pm

Latest weather forecast by the Met Office - 

 

Snowfall becoming increasingly patchy overnight. Showers in west easing.


This evening and tonight:
Snow over much of the region will become lighter and more intermittent in general, with the biting wind gradually easing. Icy patches are likely to form widely in the east, while the far west stays less-cold with showers here easing. Minimum temperature -1 °C.

Saturday:
Mainly cloudy, with some intermittent rain, sleet and snow, the snow mainly affecting the moors and the east. Western parts will see some rain, perhaps brightening later to sunny spells. Maximum Temperature 4 °C.

 

Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday:
Drier with some bright spells Sunday. Rain, sleet and snow at times Monday and Tuesday. Cold throughout, with frost, ice and some freezing fog, particularly inland in the east.

4:27pm

Due to adverse road conditions, Thamesdown Transport have announced that only the following services are running at present and all are subject to delays.

Note that all services will be suspended at 8pm tonight.

Services running:
Services 1/1A - full route except for the Link Centre bus stop
Service 2 - full route
Service 11 - full route except not going into Croft Campus or East Wichel
Service 12 - running between Asda Walmart and the Great Western Hospital only
Services 13/14 - full route
Service 15 - full route
Service 15A - full route to Tawny Owl then Thamesdown Drive, Garsington Drive, Oakhurst Way and Thamesdown Drive direct to Asda Walmart.
Service 16 - full route
Service 17 - full route
Service 18 - full route
Service 19 - full route to Westlea Fire Station then Mead Way, Cartwright Drive, Roughmoor Way and Swinley Drive to Peatmoor and Sparcells
Service 19A - full route except direct from Mead Way to Westlea Fire station
Service 20 - full route
Service 25 - full route
Service 27 - full route
Service 29 - full route
 

Tomorrow, Thamesdown Transport will be carrying out route inspections early morning and will issue a Bad Weather Bulletin at 6am.  However, as at 4.30pm today, they do not expect to be able to run rural Services 46/46A, 47 or 48/48A on Saturday.

Check back for further announcements.

 

4:21pm

Rail update: South West Trains expect to run their normal timetable on Sunday, subject to any engineering work.

 

A reduced First Great Western service is running between London Paddington and Cardiff/Swansea.

4:19pm

Message from Swindon Council - 'Gritting crews are poised to work round the clock over the weekend. Please take care and avoid road travel unless essential.'

4:11pm

Royal Mail has apologised to any residents who have not had their post delivered today due to the weather.

A spokesperson said: "We apologise to customers who are experiencing delays to their deliveries in South West England as a result of the severe winter weather conditions there.

"A range of measures have been put in place to ensure deliveries reach people as quickly as possible. We are doing our utmost to ensure continued deliveries but it may not be possible to do so everywhere because of the weather.”
 

3:41pm

Email our picture desk on pixdesk@swindonadvertiser.co.uk and Flicky Harrison on fharrison@swindonadvertiser.co.uk with your snow pictures over the weekend.

 

Keep them coming! :)

3:36pm

RUBBISH COLLECTION UPDATE -

 

Richard Fisher, Streetsmart Service Delivery Manager, said: “Unfortunately household waste and recycling collections have been disrupted due to the snow and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. We prioritised rubbish collections and managed to complete approximately half of the service on Friday. If your rubbish collection has been missed, please take in your wheelie bins or blue bags until further notice. We hope to provide a catch-up service for those affected and more details will be available on Monday. If your recycling has not been collected, please also take it in and put out on your next due collection day. We are endeavouring to keep disruption to an absolute minimum and thank residents for their co-operation.”

3:29pm

SEQOL, which runs the GP Out of Hours service, is advising patients who feel they need to be seen urgently overnight to call the Out of Hours number as normal tonight – that’s Swindon 646466.

Because of the snow the Out of Hours service will be prioritising cases on the basis of clinical need and whether people live alone.

2:56pm

Savernake Street Social Hall have had to cancel the car boot sale scheduled to take place on Sunday because of the weather.

They are trying to arrange another date and will update us when the event is rearranged.
 

2:55pm

We love this amazing snowman photo, sent in by Simon Webb.

Keep them coming!

 

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

2:43pm

Update from Thamesdown Transport manager, Paul Jenkins.

"We have checked our routes and we will be resuming a limited number of Swindon town services at 2.30pm today. However, all services will be suspended again at 8pm tonight.

"The services we will operate are:
Services 1/1A - full route except for the Link Centre bus stop
Service 2 - full route
Service 11 - full route except not going into Croft Campus or East Wichel
Service 12 - will run between Asda Walmart and the Great Western Hospital only
Services 13/14 - full route
Service 15 - full route
Service 15A - full route to Tawny Owl then Thamesdown Drive, Garsington Drive, Oakhurst Way and Thamesdown Drive direct to Asda Walmart.
Service 16 - full route
Service 17 - full route
Service 18 - full route
Service 19 - full route to Westlea Fire Station then Mead Way, Cartwright Drive, Roughmoor Way and Swinley Drive to Peatmoor and Sparcells
Service 19A - full route except direct from Mead Way to Westlea Fire station
Service 20 - full route
Service 25 - full route
Service 27 - full route
Service 29 - full route

"All other Thamesdown services remain suspended for the rest of today."
 

2:41pm

Update from Stagecoach on bus services around Swindon:

Service 6 - Normal service

Service 7 - Not serving South Marston Inustrial Park, or Highworth

Service 8 - 20 minute service, not serving Toothill

Service 49 - Cancelled

Service 51 - Cancelled

Service 53 - Cancelled

Service 55 - Serving Wootton Bassett only via main road to Coped Hall roundabout (Landrover garage)

Service 66 - main road only (A420), not serving Shrivenham, Watchfield, Faringdon, or Southmoor

Service 70 -Cancelled

Service 71 - Cancelled

Service 72 - Intermittent service
 

2:38pm

SWINDON Town Football Club are now appealing for volunteers to assist with the snow clearing effort at The County Ground this afternoon.

Fit and able volunteers are asked to report to E1 gate between the Town End and Arkell’s Stand from 2.45pm today.

Please bring a good sized shovel, snow clearing brushes and wheelbarrows where possible.

Thank you for your assistance!

 

 

 

 

1:32pm

Keep your snow pictures coming in! Email news editor Chantelle Rees on crees@swindonadvertiser.co.uk or picture desk on pixdesk@swindonadvertiser.co.uk.

Here's a cute one of five-year-old Sophie Strange, of Haydon End.

 

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

1:28pm

Great Western Ambulance Service say they are managing to get to patients despite the snow.

A spokesperson said they have responded to approximately six road traffic collisions in Swindon so far today, and between six and 10 falls in the snow.

She said: "We're not seeing any sort of increase in demand four our services because of the weather.

"The thing that is holding us, and everyone else up, is the road conditions. It is increasing the length of time it takes us to get to patients but we are getting to them."

1:21pm

MATCH UPDATE:

THE County Ground playing surface is in playable condition underneath the frost covers which have been in place since last Saturday.

Town staff are currently clearing the County Ground car park, stadium surrounds and walkways inside the ground.

Stadium & Operations manager, Mark Isaacs, commented at lunchtime: “Over the course of the morning club staff have cleared the pathways inside the stadium and work has started on the main car park and the entry roads into the ground.

“This work will continue into the afternoon and at some point we will look to remove the snow that is currently lying on top of the frost covers. This is dependent upon the weather situation, which we are constantly monitoring.”

1:17pm

12:49pm

Bushwackers nightclub in the town centre is closed tonight.

12:40pm

The only road closed by Swindon Council today is Salthrop Hill in Wroughton. Any other roads that have been closed are likely to have been closed by the police due to accidents. Hearing reports that Thamesdown Drive near Mouldon Hill is closed and also Victoria Road.

12:24pm

Zurich will close at 3pm today.

A spokeswoman said: "In light of worsening weather conditions our Swindon office will close at 3pm today, to ensure our people can get home quickly and safely.  

"We have made arrangements to divert any calls from our customers to elsewhere in our network of UK offices ensuring our customers are not affected".

12:22pm

Due to weather conditions the Oasis will close at 4pm today. The centre is hoping to open this weekend.

11:47am

Hearing reports that Victoria Road and Kingshill are closed. Drivers should avoid the areas and find alternative routes.

11:39am

More on the wipeout of the weekend's football action in the Trowbridge & District League and Chippenham & District Sunday League.

A league statement said: "All tomorrow's Trowbridge & District League and Sunday's Chippenham League fixtures have been postponed because of the current weather conditions.

"In the interests of safety for all players, match officials and supporters the management committee of both leagues's have made the decision to postpone all its scheduled fixtures for the weekend due to the adverse weather conditions.

"Even if the snow thaws, the temperature is expected to plummet well below zero, making for treacherous road conditions, and it was fell for the best interests of all concerned to make a decision sooner rather than later.''

11:38am

The snow ploughs have arrived at Thamesdown Drive.

11:37am

Isambard Community School is closing but will only send your child home with your permission. Ring them or email on admin@isambard.swindon.sch.uk to give permission for them to be sent home.
 

11:35am

Swindon Town Football Club will give an update at 1pm today regarding tomorrow's home game with Shrewsbury Town.

The pitch, underneath the covers, is playable.

No inspection planned at this stage.
 

11:21am

11:21am

The Arts Centre in Old Town has announced that due to adverse weather conditions this evenings performance of Oliver Reed: Wild Things has been cancelled.

They will contact patrons regarding rescheduled date or refunds next week.

11:16am

A view of Masons Lane in Bradford on Avon this morning, where cars have been sliding about, with only a few daring to chance it up or down.The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald:

Meanwhile, the first sporting fixture postponements of the weekend in Wiltshire are in.

The Trowbridge & District Football League have postponed all their fixtures scheduled for tomorrow, while the Chippenham & District Sunday League already have five matches postponed and will take a view later.

No word from the Evo-Stik League Southern Premier Division matches involving Chippenham Town and Frome Town, or the Toolstation Western League or Hellenic League as yet, although that situation is likely to change.

In rugby, Corsham's Southern Counties South clash with Frome is off. It's unlikely to be the last.

11:14am

The snow hit production at Honda in Swindon.
The plant was shutdown at 10am after four hours work and the the workforce was sent home in phases so as not to worsen the deadlock in parts of Swindon.
The plant should open again on Monday if the weather improves but a decision will be taken by management on Sunday because suppliers will have to be taken into consideration.
Associates will be informed via the hotline which is used at times like this.
“We’re doing things one step at a time,” said a spokesman.
 

11:11am

No courts sitting at Swindon Crown Court at all today. Every case is adjourned - dates to be fixed.

11:06am

North Swindon Police are urging drivers to avoid Thamesdown Drive. It currently has very long queues of traffic at both ends - especially going up the hill. There is snow compacting on the junctions crossing the carriageway at the traffic lights. They also have reports of some abandoned cars.

10:58am

New College is open for students who are sitting exams today but all other students have been sent home or are advised not to travel in. More details of exams to follow.

10:57am

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.”

10:52am

Bellevue Road in Old Town is currently closed due to an accident. Vehicles are awaiting recovery.

10:50am

Police have warned motorists not to drive unless the journey is necessary as traffic could cause them delays in responding to incidents.

Sergeant Martin Alvis has urged drivers not to travel after his patrol car became stuck behind traffic on the B4040 while responding to downed power lines in Malmesbury.

He said: “Do not travel unless it is absolutely necessary or you are a nurse or a doctor.

“We have people complaining we are not keeping the roads open but it is due to motorists who cannot negotiate the snow.
“We have taken half an hour to get to somewhere that should only take 20 minutes and we are still 20 minutes away.”

 

10:47am

THE Royal United Hospital, Bath, is advising patients not to travel to the hospital and is planning to cancel non-urgent operations today due to the heavy snow.

The hospital's chief operating officer, Francesca Thompson, said: "Most of the hospital outpatient clinics are running this morning, but we are asking patients and visitors not to put themselves at risk by travelling to the hospital, unless it’s absolutely necessary. If anyone has been trying to contact the hospital today and they’ve not been successful in getting through, please don’t worry, it’s because we are experiencing a high number of calls.

"We will be reviewing our afternoon clinics and if any are cancelled, we’ll be contacting patients to let them know. We are also planning to cancel non-urgent operations this afternoon. Community clinics will be contacting patients directly if any of their services are not going ahead.

"Due to the adverse weather conditions some of our staff are currently finding it difficult to get in. We are very grateful to all those staff who have managed to get to work today and to those who continue to try.

"We are asking any staff who live within walking distance of the hospital to make contact with their manager to see if they are needed.

"We are working closely with our healthcare partners in the community to ensure we provide the best service we can under these difficult circumstances.

"We will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day and provide regular updates once we have them."

The Trust has implemented its severe weather action plan and is focusing on ensuring we can run as many of our services as possible whilst keeping our patients and staff safe.

 

10:46am

Commenting on the situation around Calne, PC Hans Monahan said: “There are cars in ditches, traffic is very light and there’s not much in the way of foot traffic. People are recognising that they cannot travel and are deciding to stay at home.

“Where there’s a steep hill there’s a hazard. From Station Road to the mini roundabout at New Road there are cars sliding.”
 

10:46am

Steeple-Ashton-based amateur weatherman Geoff Witts has recorded the deepest overnight snowfall since 1985.
Mr Witts has been monitoring the weather in Wiltshire for 45 years, and reported 100ml of snow at 9am this morning.

He said: "The last time I measured 100ml of snow was way back in 1985, when we had 100 one day and then 70 the next.
"I've checked my records and more recently we had 80ml in January 2010 and in February 2009, when we had four days of heavy snow.

"Measuring snow isn't an exact science, but I'm fairly confident it's the most depth we've had for a very long time."

The temperature at 9am was -0.5 degrees, which could mean more snow to come. Mr Witts said: "As long as it stays below zero it's going to keep coming."
 

10:43am

10:42am

Updated school closure list:

Abbey Meads Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (Butterflies Children's Centre closed as well)
Ashton Keynes Primary School, Ashton Keynes, (closed)
Beechcroft Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)
Bishopstone C of E Primary School, Swindon, (Closed all day)
Braden Forest School, Purton, Purton, (closed - OPEN FOR EXAMS FOR THOSE WHO CAN GET IN)
Brimble Hill School, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED )
Churchfields School, Swindon, Swindon, (now Churchfields Academy closed to everyone)
Colebrook Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED )
Colebrook Junior School, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED )
Commonweal School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed )
Crowdys Hill School, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)
Dorcan Technology College, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED - Now called Dorcan Academy)
Downland School, Devizes, Devizes, (closed)
Drove Primary School, Swindon, (closed)
East Wichel Community Primary School, Marlborough Lane, (closed)
Eastrop Infant School, Highworth, Highworth, (closed)
Even Swindon Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed )
Gorse Hill Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (Gorse Hill NURSERY Closed due to Staff ratio Gorse Hill PRIMARY OPEN until 12:30pm - can parents please check the school website for more information
Greendown Community School, Swindon, Swindon, (Now call Lydiard Park Academy)
Greenmeadow Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED)
Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Kingsdown School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed for all years now, except for students taking exams)
Lydiard Millicent C of E Primary school, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed all day)
Millbrook Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)
Moredon Primary & Nursery School, Swindon, Swindon, (Primary and nursery CLOSED)
Mountford Manor Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
New College, Swindon, Swindon, (OPEN but monitoring)
Noremarsh Junior School, Wootton Bassett, Wootton Bassett, (closed all day)
Nyland Special School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Nythe Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Old Court Community Pre-School, Wootton Bassett, Wootton Bassett, (closed)
Oliver Tomkins C of E Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Oliver Tomkins C of E Junior School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Riverside Centre, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Robert Le Kyng Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Saint Bartholomew's Church of England Primary School, Wootton Bassett, Wootton Bassett, (closed)
Saint Catherine's Catholic Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed to staff and pupils)
Saint Josephs Catholic College, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)
Saint Luke's School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Saint Mary's C of E Primary, Purton, Purton, (closed)
Saint Mary's Catholic Primary School (Bessemer Road, Swindon), Swindon, (closed to staff and pupils)
Saint Nicholas School, Chippenham, Chippenham, (Closed to students but open to staff if they can get in)
Saint Sampson's Infant School, Cricklade, Cricklade, (Closed)
Saint Sampson's Junior School, Cricklade, Cricklade, (Closed )
Seven Fields Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Southfield Junior School, Highworth, Highworth, (closed)
Stratton Education Centre, Swindon, Upper Stratton, (closed)
Swindon Academy (all sites), Swindon, (closed )
Toothill Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Tregoze Primary School, West Swindon, West Swindon, (closed)
Uplands School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Watchfield Primary School, just over the Oxfordshire border, Watchfield, (closed )
Wootton Bassett Secondary School, Wootton Bassett, (Now Royal Wootton Bassett Academy - open for exams)
 

10:41am

Commuters are struggling to drive up Drove Road and Cricklade Street with many people abandoning their cars on the side of the road.

Some drivers have left their cars at The Grove Harvester restaurant, with staff happy for drivers to use their car park and be safe.

10:39am

West Swindon Health Clinic has closed due to the adverse weather conditions.

10:36am

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is open for students to sit A-Level exams today. Physics and history exams ran in accordance with exam board regulations, and were well attended according to a school spokesman.


The A-Level law exam will also run this afternoon. Any students who miss the exam will be re-entered in the summer.
 

10:36am

Honda have stopped all production today. They are asking staff not to go in.

10:36am

Old Town library is closed all day as the Arts Centre is closed. Liden library will close @ 1.30pm today.

 

10:36am

A KIND Land Rover owner has stepped in to rescue a bride who needed help to get to her wedding today.

Carly Taylor and her wedding party will be travelling to Swindon Register Office in a Land Rover after a mystery driver heard her plea for help.

The 30-year-old bride, of Penhill, was due to travel in a Mercedes that her taxi driver father, Shaun, was going to drive.

The Mercedes, however, is stuck on Shaun's drive in Old Town.

Carly said she was relieved that she would still be able to get to her wedding.

"A kind person has offered to help. I don't know who they are, they are just going to turn up at 11.30am with a Land Rover.

"I am so relieved. I felt awful when I saw outside this morning. It has had all week to snow and it had to snow today.

"I am just trying to get my hair done. My seamstress, who lives down the road, is going to deliver my dress this morning. She doesn't live far away so hopefully she will get here okay."

10:35am

MOST services at Great Western Hospital are running normally today despite the heavy snow.


A spokesman for GWH said: "The vast majority of planned operations are going ahead as normal. Where we have had to cancel any operations we have made contact with patients.


"As yet no outpatient appointments at GWH have been cancelled. If you have an appointment scheduled for today, and you are able to travel in safely, please attend as normal unless you are contacted. Staffing levels are okay and emergency 4x4 transport is in use and is running well."
 

GWH also operates the community hospitals in Chippenham, Trowbridge, Devizes, Savernake, Melksham and Warminster.
The spokesman said: "The snowfall is worse in the south and is therefore more challenging. Staff have been getting in as and when they can. Staff who are not able to get in are going to work at other bases to help out."


GWH also runs the Neighbourhood Teams comprising health professionasl who visit patients at home.


The spokesman said: "The Neighbourhood Teams have a list of essential patients to be seen today. 4x4 transport is being used to ensure they are able to reach patients."
Updates will be put on the website www.gwh.nhs.uk

 

10:29am

Thamesdown Transport message - Unfortunately, due to the deterioration in road conditions around Swindon we have temporarily suspended all our bus services.

Services will resume when it is safe to run. Please look out for further announcements.

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10:20am

FIRST Great Western trains are now experiencing delays.

The 10.11am service to Bristol Temple Meads is expected at 10.14am.

The 10.15am service to Cardiff Central is delayed until further notice.

And the 10.29am service to London Paddington is delayed until 10.33am.

 

10:16am

As the weather deteriorates all schools in the Devizes area are closed.
Devizes School made a decision yesterday to close, though A-level exams will go ahead.
A message on the school’s website said: “The vast majority of teaching staff live outside the Devizes area and in such difficult weather it is highly unlikely that enough staff would be able to attend work.
“This in turn would make a normal day impossible and make the school site unsafe for students.”
But the exams, they say, will go ahead as planned. The school said: “There are three external examinations scheduled on Friday January 18. These will proceed normally. We have made provision for these to be administered by our staff.”
The school hopes to be open again on Monday.
Devizes town council staff are standing by to help Wiltshire Council clear streets around the town.
Deputy town clerk Simon Fisher said: “Our parks staff intend to keep the paths in Hillworth Park clear so that the park remains open to the public. We may get a call from Wiltshire Council later on today to help them clear streets around the town.
“But as the snow is still falling there is not a lot of point in starting that work.”

10:16am

A level students at St John’s in Marlborough battled the bad weather to sit their exams.
The Academy is closed to the majority of students today as a result of the extreme weather conditions but the public examinations are being held in the community suite as planned.
A spokesperson for St John’s said: “Most students are in school sitting their exams.”
Candidates who were unable to attend today will be able to re-sit the examination in the summer.

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9:42am Fri 18 Jan 13

PaulD says

Greenmeadow school closed.

Thamesdown Drive blocked

10:10am

A BRIDE is appealing for help to get to her wedding at Swindon Register Office.

Carly Taylor, who is getting married to Richard Smith at 1pm, is stranded at her home in Penhill.

The 30-year-old was due to be travelling in a wedding car but it has been snowed in.

Anyone who can help Carly get to the wedding should phone Adver reporter Emma Dunn on 01793 501797.

10:08am

Motorists had to be pushed to safety in chaotic scenes on treacherous Victoria Road in Old Town.
A florist’s lorry was stranded and the traffic behind also ground to a halt as the icy road became impassable going uphill.
Vince Pomagalski, 52, from Old Town, wisely stopped his car behind the lorry before turning and making his way back down.
He said: “I was surprised there was no grit on the roads. I saw cars struggling so I stopped and decided not to do anything clever.
“I had no traction at all.”
Bus drivers stranded in the traffic let their passengers out.
However some foolhardy motorists did try and drive uphill – and ended up having to be pushed clear by council gritting teams, who turned up at 9.45am.
Staff from Bloomin’ Beautiful hair and beauty salon made cups of tea for stranded motorists.
Traffic going downhill crawled along with tailbacks stretching back at least a mile into Old Town.
 

10:07am

A car crashed into the central reservation on the M4 shortly after 9am and is now awaiting recovery on the hard shoulder.
No-one was injured in the incident and only one car was involved.
 

10:06am

Bradon Forest School is running the Religious Studies GCSE exam this afternoon in line with regulations and have sent texts and emails to parents of the 76 Year 11s due to sit the exam to say it will go ahead.
Denise Duckers, the Purton school’s financial personnel manager, said: “We have sent messages to parents to say we will be running the exam for those who can get to us.
“Obviously we don’t want anybody to put themselves at risk and students who cannot make it we will re-enter in the summer. It is unfortunate for students who put all the hard work in and now could be waiting three months to sit the exam."

9:40am

Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport said: "We regret that due to adverse road conditions Services 22 (Fleming Way - Okus - Link Centre) and 26 (Fleming Way - Rodbourne) are currently not operating, Service 21 is not operating between Fleming Way and Penhill and Service 11 (Haydon Wick - Fleming Way - East Wichel) is not operating into Croft Campus.

"All other local bus services in Swindon are currently experiencing delays.

"We regret that the services below are not operating today until further notice:
Services 46/46A Swindon - Hungerford
Service 47 Swindon - Lambourn
Services 48/48A Swindon - Marlborough
 
"The following school contracts are not running today:
B1 and B2 to Bradon Forest School at Purton, D50 and D51 to St Joseph's Catholic School in Swindon, H90 to Warneford School at Highworth and R20, R23, R24, R25 and R26 to Ridgeway School at Wroughton."
 

9:36am

Wiltshire Police has received more than 40 reports of road traffic collisions and road issues across the county this morning.

9:24am

The Met Office has forecast that heavy snow will fall in Swindon until noon.

Light snow is expected to continue falling for the rest of the day.

Tomorrow is set to be overcast with more light snow expected at about 3pm.

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9:10am Fri 18 Jan 13

PaulD says

working from home has it's advantages!

9:15am

Updated list of school closures:

Abbey Meads Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (Butterflies Children's Centre closed as well)
Beechcroft Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)
Bishopstone C of E Primary School, Swindon, (Closed all day)
Braden Forest School, Purton, Purton, (closed - OPEN FOR EXAMS FOR THOSE WHO CAN GET IN)
Brimble Hill School, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED)
Churchfields School, Swindon, Swindon, (now Churchfields Academy closed to everyone)
Colebrook Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED )
Colebrook Junior School, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED )
Commonweal School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed )
Crowdys Hill School, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)
Dorcan Technology College, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED - Now called dorcan academy)
Downland School, Devizes, Devizes, (closed)
East Wichel Community Primary School, Marlborough Lane, (closed)
Eastrop Infant School, Highworth, Highworth, (closed)
Even Swindon Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed )
Gorse Hill Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (Gorse Hill NURSERY Closed due to Staff ratio Gorse Hill PRIMARY OPEN until 12:30pm can parents please check the school website for more information and they will call us back )
Greendown Community School, Swindon, Swindon, (Now call Lydiard Park Academy)
Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Kingsdown School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed for years 7,8 and 9, OPEN for Years 10 and 11 )
Lydiard Millicent C of E Primary school, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed all day)
Millbrook Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)
Moredon Primary & Nursery School, Swindon, Swindon, (Primary is open but the nursery is closed)
New College, Swindon, Swindon, (OPEN but monitoring)
Noremarsh Junior School, Wootton Bassett, Wootton Bassett, (closed all day)
Nythe Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Old Court Community Pre-School, Wootton Bassett, Wootton Bassett, (closed)
Oliver Tomkins C of E Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Oliver Tomkins C of E Junior School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Robert Le Kyng Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Saint Bartholomew's Church of England Primary School, Wootton Bassett, Wootton Bassett, (closed)
Saint Catherine's Catholic Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed to staff and pupils)
Saint Josephs Catholic College, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)
Saint Luke's School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Saint Mary's C of E Primary, Purton, Purton, (closed)
Saint Mary's Catholic Primary School (Bessemer Road, Swindon), Swindon, (closed to staff and pupils)
Saint Nicholas School, Chippenham, Chippenham, (Closed to students but open to staff if they can get in)
Saint Sampson's Infant School, Cricklade, Cricklade, (Closed)
Saint Sampson's Junior School, Cricklade, Cricklade, (Closed )
Seven Fields Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Southfield Junior School, Highworth, Highworth, (closed)
Swindon Academy (all sites), Swindon, (closed )
Toothill Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)
Watchfield Primary School, just over the Oxfordshire border, Watchfield, (closed )
Wootton Bassett Secondary School, Wootton Bassett, (Now Royal Wootton Bassett Academy - open for exams)

 

9:10am

Swindon Crown Court managed to open this morning (FRIDAY) but several cases had already been cancelled as legal staff and judges struggled to make it in.

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Roves Farm is closed until further notice.

8:56am

199 schools and academies across Wiltshire and Swindon are closed or partially opened due to the weather.

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8:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

Arrowfield says

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

8:52am

FIRST Great Western services running from Swindon are currently running on time.
Services to London Paddington, Swansea, Cardiff Central, Bristol Temple Meads and Cheltenham are all expected to leave as scheduled.

8:43am

Angus Mcpherson, police and crime commissioner for Swindon, said: “I want to encourage people to stay at home. The chief constable officers are out working but they don’t need more risk than they have already.
“I have seen people sliding around on the roads, one person went straight across the roundabout in front of me.
“Looking after our neighbours in the community is important. Where I live in Wroughton, we have great community spirit when the snow comes we get out with our shovels and clear our lanes.”

8:41am

Traffic coming in to Wroughton from Devizes at a complete standstill. Drivers being urged to be careful and avoid the A4361 if possible.

8:33am

The editor is retweeting readers' snow pictures. Gary Lawrence @gazzaloz

8:33am

The editor is retweeting readers' snow pictures. Gary Lawrence @gazzaloz

8:29am

Thamesdown Transport Bad Weather Bulletin

"Our local bus services in Swindon are currently experiencing delays due to road conditions.

 

We regret that the services below are not operating today until further notice due to adverse road conditions:


Services 46/46A Swindon - Hungerford
Service 47 Swindon - Lambourn
Services 48/48A Swindon - Marlborough
 
The following school contracts are not running today:
B1 and B2 to Bradon Forest School at Purton, D50 and D51 to St Joseph's Catholic School in Swindon, H90 to Warneford School at Highworth and R20, R23, R24, R25 and R26 to Ridgeway School at Wroughton."

8:24am

School closures in Swindon so far.....

 

Abbey Meads Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (Butterflies Children's Centre closed as well)

Beechcroft Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)

Bishopstone C of E Primary School, Swindon, (Closed all day)

Braden Forest School, Purton, Purton, (closed - OPEN FOR EXAMS FOR THOSE WHO CAN GET IN)

Commonweal School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed )

Crowdys Hill School, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)

Dorcan Technology College, Swindon, Swindon, (CLOSED - Now called dorcan academy)

Gorse Hill Infant School, Swindon, Swindon, (Gorse Hill NURSERY Closed due to Staff ratio)

Greendown Community School, Swindon, Swindon, (Now call Lydiard Park Academy)

Kingsdown School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed for years 7,8 and 9 OPEN for Years 10 and 11 )

Lydiard Millicent C of E Primary school, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed all day)

Moredon Primary & Nursery School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)

Robert Le Kyng Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)

Saint Catherine's Catholic Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed to staff and pupils)

Saint Josephs Catholic College, Swindon, Swindon, (Closed)

Saint Luke's School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)

Saint Mary's C of E Primary, Purton, Purton, (closed)

Saint Mary's Catholic Primary School (Bessemer Road, Swindon), Swindon, (closed to staff and pupils)

Seven Fields Primary School, Swindon, Swindon, (closed)

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8:19am

Met Office has said road temperatures in Wiltshire will not rise above freezing for the next four days. Big problem for gritters. 

8:13am

Drivers are warning the A4 at Beckhampton is particularly bad. Best to avoid it. M4 at junction 17 is very slow and visibility very poor. 

8:11am

Updated list of Wiltshire schools closed. There are  150 now.

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/civilemergencies/emergencynotices.htm#10

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8:02am

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy is closed. 

8:01am

Springfields Academy in Calne is closed. 

7:53am

Send snow pictures to newsdesk@swindonadvertiser.co.uk for Swindon or arichards@newswilts.co.uk for the Wiltshire Times and Gazette and Herald areas.

Or text them to 80360 with the prefix SWINDON NEWS, WILTS GAZETTE or WILTS TIMES.

7:50am

Here's the latest list of schools closed in Wiltshire.

http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/communityandliving/civilemergencies/emergencynotices.htm#10

You can add Abbeyfield School in Chippenham to that. Headteacher David Nicholson has tweeted that it is closed. He says he's off to build a snowman with his children. Wiltshire College is open as usual though on all of its sites. The schools list will be updated later.

7:43am

 

7:39am

Wiltshire Council gritting teams have been out overnight salting main roads and are warning motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

7:10am

A number of schools are expected to be affected by the weather today and parents can keep up-to-date by visiting

http://www.swindon.gov.uk/el/el-schoolscolleges/Pages/el-schoolclosures.aspx

 

7:10am

Thamesdown Transport have announced that due to the adverse weather conditions, the following services will not be operating today until further notice:  

Services 46/46A Swindon - Hungerford
Service 47 Swindon - Lambourn
Services 48/48A Swindon - Marlborough


School contracts B1 and B2 to Bradon Forest School, H90 to Warneford School at Highworth and R20, R23, R24, R25 and R26 to Ridgeway School at Wroughton are not running today.

Services in Swindon itself are not currently affected by road conditions but Thamesdown Transport are checking their routes and further updates will be given throughout the day.

 

7:08am

RESIDENTS in Swindon and Wiltshire have woken up to a blanket of snow this morning.

Snow showers began to fall at approximately 6am this morning following light flurries of snow last night, with reports suggesting that Swindon could expect to see up to 10cm throughout the day.

The Met Office have issued warnings and commuters are being urged to only make essential journeys.

Swindon Council’s gritting team was out all night gritting around 270 miles of main roads in the borough, but motorists should take extra care when travelling around the area.

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8:49am Fri 18 Jan 13

Arrowfield says...

Kingshill is blocked with cars. Do not even attempt it!
Kingshill is blocked with cars. Do not even attempt it! Arrowfield
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8:56am Fri 18 Jan 13

cght36 says...

Nice to see the Wiltshire Times are on the ball as usual!! Whats happened with the school closure section you usually do!!!
Nice to see the Wiltshire Times are on the ball as usual!! Whats happened with the school closure section you usually do!!! cght36
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8:59am Fri 18 Jan 13

The Real Librarian says...

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
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 The Real Librarian
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9:10am Fri 18 Jan 13

PaulD says...

working from home has it's advantages!
working from home has it's advantages! PaulD
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9:42am Fri 18 Jan 13

PaulD says...

Greenmeadow school closed.

Thamesdown Drive blocked
Greenmeadow school closed. Thamesdown Drive blocked PaulD
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9:56am Fri 18 Jan 13

A.Baron-Cohen says...

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.........
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......... A.Baron-Cohen
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10:37am Fri 18 Jan 13

Still Claire says...

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!
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! Still Claire
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11:03am Fri 18 Jan 13

roberto5 says...

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!
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! roberto5
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11:27am Fri 18 Jan 13

pacehughes says...

Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:)
Too reliant on the car !!
Use your legs !!!
Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:) Too reliant on the car !! Use your legs !!! pacehughes
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11:31am Fri 18 Jan 13

melkshamlady says...

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!
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! melkshamlady
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11:44am Fri 18 Jan 13

Sir Fawn Maker says...

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
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 Sir Fawn Maker
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12:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Robh says...

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.
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. Robh
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12:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

peatmoor pirate says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]pacehughes[/bold] wrote: Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:) Too reliant on the car !! Use your legs !!![/p][/quote]Presumably you are lucky enough to work a short distance from where you live, if you work at all. Some people had no choice. peatmoor pirate
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12:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

cght36 says...

"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!!
"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!! cght36
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12:57pm Fri 18 Jan 13

TinkeyWinkey says...

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!!!
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!!! TinkeyWinkey
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1:08pm Fri 18 Jan 13

house on the hill says...

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!
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
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1:26pm Fri 18 Jan 13

yoR says...

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
[quote][p][bold]cght36[/bold] 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!![/p][/quote]Nope, Swindon was expelled for bad behaviour yoR
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1:44pm Fri 18 Jan 13

roberto5 says...

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 :-(
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 :-( roberto5
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1:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

woodlums says...

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!!!???
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!!!??? woodlums
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2:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13

roberto5 says...

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!
[quote][p][bold]woodlums[/bold] 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!!!???[/p][/quote]We don't want your kind round here! Clear off and get your own gritters! roberto5
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2:05pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Captain T says...

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.
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. Captain T
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2:25pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Scattytaz says...

Got to laugh...
I bought my rock salt from Tesco so my path is Nice and Clear....only cost me £1 a bag..
Got to laugh... I bought my rock salt from Tesco so my path is Nice and Clear....only cost me £1 a bag.. Scattytaz
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2:28pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Sir Fawn Maker says...

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
[quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pacehughes[/bold] wrote: Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:) Too reliant on the car !! Use your legs !!![/p][/quote]Presumably you are lucky enough to work a short distance from where you live, if you work at all. Some people had no choice.[/p][/quote]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 Sir Fawn Maker
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3:23pm Fri 18 Jan 13

beetawix says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] 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![/p][/quote]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. beetawix
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3:42pm Fri 18 Jan 13

beetawix says...

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
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 beetawix
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4:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Sashstaff says...

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!
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! Sashstaff
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4:29pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Localboy86 says...

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...!!!!!
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...!!!!! Localboy86
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4:48pm Fri 18 Jan 13

lordbuckethead says...

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
[quote][p][bold]cght36[/bold] 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!![/p][/quote]Different local authorities - dohh lordbuckethead
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4:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13

swindon_mini says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]cght36[/bold] 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!![/p][/quote]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. swindon_mini
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5:00pm Fri 18 Jan 13

MrAngry says...

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?
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] 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[/p][/quote]Is an imbecile more or less stupid than a moron? MrAngry
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5:12pm Fri 18 Jan 13

pacehughes says...

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
[quote][p][bold]Sir Fawn Maker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]peatmoor pirate[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pacehughes[/bold] wrote: Did all these people really need to get in their cars this morning ? Fools !!!:) Too reliant on the car !! Use your legs !!![/p][/quote]Presumably you are lucky enough to work a short distance from where you live, if you work at all. Some people had no choice.[/p][/quote]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[/p][/quote]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 pacehughes
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5:16pm Fri 18 Jan 13

LadyElizabeth79 says...

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.....
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..... LadyElizabeth79
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5:22pm Fri 18 Jan 13

purplerose says...

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
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 purplerose
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6:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

TinkeyWinkey says...

Thought the grit was for the highway not someone's driveway. Selfish git
Thought the grit was for the highway not someone's driveway. Selfish git TinkeyWinkey
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8:40pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Itssomewheretowork says...

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.
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. Itssomewheretowork
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9:31pm Fri 18 Jan 13

cght36 says...

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!!!
[quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cght36[/bold] 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!![/p][/quote]Different local authorities - dohh[/p][/quote]Im not talking about authorities Im saying Swindon is in Wiltshire!!! DOH!!! cght36
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2:14am Sat 19 Jan 13

SpeakUp says...

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.
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. SpeakUp
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11:03am Sat 19 Jan 13

RichardR1 says...

Itssomewheretowork I guess you will be relocating your family then as they do things so much better than we do in Britain.
Itssomewheretowork I guess you will be relocating your family then as they do things so much better than we do in Britain. RichardR1
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2:56pm Sat 19 Jan 13

house on the hill says...

""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!
""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! house on the hill
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4:02pm Sun 20 Jan 13

swindon_mini says...

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. "
[quote][p][bold]cght36[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lordbuckethead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]cght36[/bold] 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!![/p][/quote]Different local authorities - dohh[/p][/quote]Im not talking about authorities Im saying Swindon is in Wiltshire!!! DOH!!![/p][/quote]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. " swindon_mini
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itsamess3 says...

Strange how all the letters i recieve end in Swindon Wiltshire.
Strange how all the letters i recieve end in Swindon Wiltshire. itsamess3
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