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Update: Officials hope roads will improve before evening rush-hour as Norwich park and ride services re-open with ‘very long delays’

16:16 15 January 2013

Traffic comes to a halt on Prince of Wales in Norwich causing bus drivers to stop and brine trucks to spray the roads.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Traffic comes to a halt on Prince of Wales in Norwich causing bus drivers to stop and brine trucks to spray the roads. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Archant Norfolk

Highways workers are said to be working “almost non-stop” to try and keep Norfolk’s roads clear for motorists.

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Norfolk County Council spokesman John Birchall said shortly before 3.30pm today: “We suffered during that very heavy snow over lunch-time.

“Even with the amount of salt on the roads, it’s not going to stop snowfall of that intensity from settling and it didn’t.

“The roads are recovering. There’s a number of problem spots around the city and they are taking time to sort out. That’s now happening.

“Bus services, park and ride were affected for a while.”

Airport, Postwick, Sprowston, Costessey, Thickthorn and Harford park and ride sites were suspended at lunch.

They had all re-opened shortly before 4pm, although officials have warned there are very long delays. People have been advised to get on their bus at Norwich Bus Station.

Mr Birchall said: “There’s no question we have a large amount of salt down but without traffic moving through it, it will not stop snow settling for a while.

“Fortunately that band of snow showers has gone through and anything else is likely to be a lot more scattered. We are looking forward to a continued recovery after that snowfall we had over lunch.

“We had to suspend the park and ride services when the road network was seriously affected at lunch-time.”

Mr Birchall said the council’s gritters had been treating the roads almost non-stop since last night.

He said: “We’ve carried out further snow ploughing and treatment with a mixture of sand and salt, which provides more grip where snow is and helps break it up.”

Mr Birchall added lower priority roads were also being treated.

He said: “They are not on our priority gritting map. We moved on to the other roads in the county as it’s clear we are in a prolonged spell with further snow, freezing fog, low temperatures, everything is forecast from now until the weekend.

“Quite often we do priority roads and by the time we finish those, temperatures start to rise.

“But there’s no prospect of that before or at the weekend.

“It’s a very challenging time. The gritting effort certainly through the snowfall last night and today has been non-stop.”

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