Drivers have been urged to take extra care on Norfolk’s roads, although police say there are no major issues around the county.

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Norfolk police were called to about 25 crashes on Norfolk’s roads today and, although conditions were much improved on major roads, some back roads are still covered in ice and compact snow.

Light snow continued to fall in parts of the county as the night wore on, including in Norwich.

Norfolk police warned that some roads remained icy and urged people to continue to drive with care.

Among the earlier accidents were:

Surlingham: At 7.20am at Walnut Hill in Surlingham a car went off the road into a ditch. One man was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

East Walton: Shortly before 8.30am on the B1153 there was a four-vehicle crash. One person suffered an arm injury.

Norwich: Just before 9am on Earlham Green Lane there was a collision involving a car and pedestrian. Nobody was believed to have been injured.

Gorleston: At about 9.30am there was a crash involving a lorry and a car. One person suffered a minor knock to the head and a sore neck.

Taverham: At about 10.20am at white Mercedes van went into a tree on the A1067 near the shooting school. One person suffered a minor head injury.

Emneth: Just after 3pm, there was a crash on Outwell Road at Emneth. Fire crews from Outwell, Wisbech and Downham Market went to the scene and released a casualty from their vehicle. Diversions were put in place before the road re-opened at about 6pm. Meanwhile the county’s gritting team has been continuing their work to keep the county’s road network running. A spokesman said the roads were “responding well” to the salt which had been put down.

He said the gritting teams did three runs on the top priority roads earlier today before moving onto lower priority roads. He said they would be going out again this evening.

Farmers have been mobilised to clear minor roads in parts of the county, and the council’s gritting fleet is also expected to move on to plough and treat lower priority (priority three) roads during the afternoon. They will then return to the main network of just over 2,000 miles (priority one and two) during the evening and overnight, when there is a risk of snow showers adding up to 3cms to the lying snow.

Nick Tupper, highway maintenance manager for Norfolk County Council, said: “Although we have had more snow, temperatures have crept up closer to freezing today and the enormous effort put in to treat the priority network is starting to pay dividends. Most of our A and B roads are through to the asphalt, and we will be continuing treatment to maintain that improvement.

“We are very grateful for the messages of support we have received because we also hear complaints about people ‘not seeing a gritter’. That’s perhaps not surprising, given the length of road covered and the amount of work that’s carried out overnight. Last night, for example, our crews were constantly in action right through the snow. By this morning Norfolk’s priority roads had been treated several times - including two runs after midnight - before most people ventured out. Behind the scenes, fitters and mechanics have been doing a great job keeping our gritting fleet on the road.

“As resources become available we will be back out re-filling grit bins and treating high priority pedestrian areas. We are grateful for support from the City, Borough and district councils who have helped where they can.

“Since the cold weather set in on 13 January we have notched up 40 actions - that’s well over 80,000 miles of total gritting, and over 12,500 tonnes of road salt. Overall we have been out 81 times so far this winter compared with around 100 for the whole of last winter, with a lot of this winter still to go. We are continuing to be restocked at about 1,000 tonnes a day, so salt supplies are holding up well and there is no shortage.”

More than 280 Norfolk schools were closed today, while Norwich International Airport was shut until about 10.30am. KL1515 from Amsterdam, due to land at 9.10pm today was cancelled due to weather conditions in Amsterdam, while the BE6878, due to arrive from Manchester at 8.45pm was also cancelled because of a technical problem.

The KL1502 tomorrow, due to leave Norwich at 6.30am has also been cancelled because of the bad weather in Amsterdam.

First Buses continued to suffer delays and disruption, operating on main roads only. Anglian Buses said it expected the majority of services to run as normal tomorrow.

Train operator Greater Anglia said the railways were running generally well, but there were some minor delays.

Frozen pipes forced the closure of nine of Norfolk’s recycling centres: Bergh Apton, Dereham, Docking, Heacham, Mayton Wood, Morningthorpe, Snetterton, Wells, Wereham.

Eleven remained open: Ashill, Caister, Hempton, Ketteringham, Kings Lynn, Mile Cross, Thetford, Sheringham, Strumpshaw, Worstead, Wymondham.

Waste and recycling collections in Norwich continued to be suspended today due to the ice and snow.

A Norwich City Council spokesman said: “Please leave your wheelie bins out for collection on your normal collection day and we will empty your bin as soon as it is safe to do so.

“We were unable to complete all collections in the city last week due to the adverse weather. So please bring unemptied bins back into your properties and, where possible, we will empty your bins on the next scheduled collection day.

“The situation continues to be monitored on a daily basis. Normal collections will resume as soon as possible, at which time crews will to do all they can to deal with the backlog.

“You should also be aware that brown (garden waste) bin collections in Norwich are cancelled this week due to the snow. If your garden waste bin has not been emptied as expected, please leave it out on the next due collection day. The bulky item collection service has been suspended until next week.

“For anyone who has ordered a replacement bin, please note deliveries will not commence until next week.”

People are also urged to make access to their bins as easy as possible for the collecting team.

The spokesman said: “Severe weather is the most common reason for having to make changes to our collection arrangements.

“Snowfall and icy conditions can make the roads and especially the pavements hazardous or difficult for our crews to access your property to collect your bins.

“Please help to make access as easy as possible during periods of severe weather by: parking on the same side of the road as neighbouring cars where possible; avoiding parking opposite junctions; and making sure your bin is at your usual collection point by 7am on the morning your collection is due.

“Please ensure your bin(s) are visible and easy to access. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”

And the blanket of snow and treacherous roads have made it difficult for postal workers. Spokeswoman Morag Turnbull said: “We apologise to customers who are experiencing delays to their deliveries in the Norwich area 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.”

25 comments

  • "The gritters have been doing ok here but there are some service providers who should be ashamed of themselves. I walked past two GP surgeries today and neither had cleared their accesses and one had not even had any grit or salt thrown down-the road, pavement and path were packed snow and ice slick to a shine." @Daisy Roots Might that be because the GPs and their staff can't turn their hands to manual labour? Perhaps they assume it's someone else's job, eg a bloke with a shovel and broom.

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    Musto_Fan

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Very impressed to see our bin-collection team this morning - on time as usual - excellent service South Norfolk. Good work from the gritting teams, the postal service, and the local shops (all well stocked and doing a roaring trade) too.

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    Huw Sayer

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Sunday there was the promise of A B & C class roads being gritted. The B1159 (The Main Coast Road) apparently ceases to exsist beyond Beach Road, Sea Palling. Oh hang on they gritted last Tuesday Morning when there was hardly any snow, and that was the total of the gritting for the week. Yes, the council have done a great job in keeping most major routes open but, don't make promises to the public when you can't deliver.

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    Essex Girl

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Pleased to report ( and give praise) that gritters and snowploughs were out in Beccles at 4.29 this morning.

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    becclesboy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • The gritters have been doing ok here but there are some service providers who should be ashamed of themselves. I walked past two GP surgeries today and neither had cleared their accesses and one had not even had any grit or salt thrown down-the road, pavement and path were packed snow and ice slick to a shine. I saw one old boy struggle to stay on his feet. And an absurdity-an inactive municipal cemetery ie no new burials, with the paths cleared of snow but the pavement where school children get off the bus inches deep in snow and slush. This presumably because one council employee cannot be deployed to an alternative more sensible task. And I agree about the lack of easily accessible road condition information.Unless one is able to find a good radio report it is almost impossible to find sensible information about depth of snow, snow falling rates etc for any particular road. Accidents yes, but not road conditions on a rolling updated basis.

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • There are no council employees . They are outside contractors. Speak to them about it.

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    marty r

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Why not fit the bin trucks out with snow ploughs, just as they do in American. Kill two birds with one stone, roads cleared and bins emptied. Simples.

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    getreal

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • "The gritters have been doing ok here but there are some service providers who should be ashamed of themselves. I walked past two GP surgeries today and neither had cleared their accesses and one had not even had any grit or salt thrown down-the road, pavement and path were packed snow and ice slick to a shine." @Daisy Roots Might that be because the GPs and their staff can't turn their hands to manual labour? Perhaps they assume it's someone else's job, eg a bloke with a shovel and broom.

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    Musto_Fan

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Well the gritters were defo in our area of Norwich late last night and also in the early hours. I saw them go past the end of our road at 11pm and again at about 2am! And this afternoon the guys were in the city on the back of a May Gurney truck, chucking salt on the footpaths and at ALL the pedestrian crossingstraffic lights. It would have been great if they did that last week, but better late than never, they were a welcome sight tonight. Thanks guys. The problem with last Tuesday was a huge fall of snow in less than an hour, and we watched from our office as gritters were stuck in the traffic along with everyone else. How were they expected to treat the roads when they couldn't get through? Some people just like to find fault with everything. The gritting staff do a good job in difficult conditions and we'd be in a bigger muddle without them.

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    Carol Bolton

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Having an appointment in Norwich this afternoon, I have been logging on all morning to try and get an update on traveldriving conditions in and tofrom the city. At 11:00 there is still no update, the NCC website is no help either. I am not asking for rocket science.

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    Jas44

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • The gritters have been doing a good job here but First buses are still refusing to come through Horning and Ludham after a week. When I phone last night I was told they did not want to send the buses through Ludham in case there was more bad weather and people may get confused if the timetable changed again. I would just like to say publicly that the people of Ludham don't get confused that easily!

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    Mrs H

    Tuesday, January 22, 2013

  • Well done to South Norfolk Binmen, just been through our village. Good Job Fellas..!

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    caleb

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Great job by the road teams. They have done a remarkable job. My post has been delivered on time every day. Lucky the Norwich bin men are not in rural areas as they would never empty any bins. Come on Norwich make a greater effort.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • You all know what's coming next week don't you? Yes burst pipes and potholes, what a dump.

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    Catton Man

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • The Great Yarmouth Council, must know something we don't. This morning at 4:15, on my way to work i saw a Lorry gritting the roads, 1st one i've seen, this year. Must be in for some more snow,....OR they're just 4 days late gritting. :-)

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    boom

    Wednesday, January 23, 2013

  • Jas44 My understanding is that treated roads are fine and improving all the time.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • The gritters were out at 12:30 am as they said. I saw them go by my house.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Roads looked good today, in total contrast to last week, in spite of about the same amount of snow falling. Evidently the misery and chaos caused by last week's short measures has hit home and NCC have finally got their act together. Pity havoc has to be wreaked and people's live have to be made miserable before they will mount an adequate response. Wouldn't it be nice if we have heavy snow again in a year's time to get the gold standard response first time, but instead what's the betting they try to get away with doing as little as possible and hope the problem goes away, yet again.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Many roads have been pretty good today - most gritted routes are perfectly clear. I saw gritters and snow plows out all night. Just a shame they couldn't have done that last Tuesday.

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    fryboy

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • There were no signs of any gritting lorries this morning (4am)..don't know where they were gritting, but it wasn't in Great Yarmouth.

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    boom

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Services coming to a complete standstill in snow?, don't think so, bin men have been, skip has been collected, sons school is open, milkman as been for the last week. Managed to get a bus on time and finally my husband has managed to get to work in a semi rural location for the last week. Norfolk in my eyes has done pretty well in snow.

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    Marisey

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Jas44, why not simply ring the people you are seeing in the city and ask whether the roads are safe to use or not? That's not rocket science either!

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    Onlooker27

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Boom....you wasn't up early enough,was back in depot having tea and toast at four and then back out again at 6-00am.And by the way Gt Yarmouth is not the only area we have to serve.

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    greenmanwalking

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Seems to me like the bin men stop doing that job because it is too dangerous (gasp) then i would imagine they drive the gritting lorries !

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    yarco

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • fryboy they did do that last Tuesday. The difficult conditions were due to about 5 inches of snow falling in a very short period of time and the subsequent gridlock as almost everyone headed home early stopping gritters from undertaking their routes. Rock salt isn't magic you know, you can spread as much as you like but if heavy snow arrives it will lay on the road. Then if traffic slows to a crawl or stops there is little movement of wheels to get the salt working.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Monday, January 21, 2013

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