Sunday night snow update: Norwich Airport closed and First buses cancel services in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft

As more snow falls on Norwich traffic and pedestrians struggle to make their way home.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY As more snow falls on Norwich traffic and pedestrians struggle to make their way home. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Sunday, January 20, 2013
8:53 PM

All flights into and out of Norwich Airport have been cancelled tonight following the closure of the airport due to the wintry weather.

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Flights to and from Amsterdam, Aberdeen and Manchester are among those to have been cancelled as a result of the closure while passengers hoping to fly tomorrow are being advised to check before they travel.

It is the same news for bus passengers in the region after today’s snow this evening forced First Bus to cancel all remaining services in Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

The operator, which also terminated the X1 service to King’s Lynn after buses completed their route due to the snow, apologised for “any inconvenience these weather-related issues” caused.

It said it would sent updates via Twitter from 6am tomorrow following an early-morning assessment of the roads.

Anglian Bus said it, too, would make a decision about tomorrow’s services at 6am.

Norfolk Green said all buses were running normally at 4pm, except for Burnham Overy Staithe, and it expected to continue running all services through the night.

Meanwhile gritters have been out on Norfolk’s roads tonight with the first wave out after 6pm to cover A, B and priority C roads, with a new crew due to start at midnight.

A spokesman said gritting crewswere expected to go out again at about 12.30am and again before the morning rush hour and will decide whether they grit or use snow ploughs depending on how much it has snowed.

But despite the best efforts of gritting teams the wintry conditions are causing problems on the roads tonight with police reported to be “busy” dealing with a number of “weather related incidents”.

Police are warning drivers to take care on the roads and allow extra time for their journeys becaue of the weather which has resulted in the B1152 being partially blocked by snow drifts between Clippesby and Potter Heigham this evening.

There were also snowdrifts in Thorpe Market and on the B1354 but these were cleared by mid afternoon.Greater Anglia said winter weather had affected parts of its network during the afternoon, although all routes are open and train services running.

It warned that some trains could be cancelled during the morning peak period in case some trains have to run at reduced speed to minimise falling snow being drawn into the electric motors and damaging the train when it melts.

See www.greateranglia.co.uk for proposed service alternation.

30 comments

  • Ingo are you a bus user? Have you been outside in the last week? I used the First X2 to get to Loddon for the Loddon Players excellent Pantomime last Thursday during all the bad weather. The bus was on time in both directions. Credit where credit is due!

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    Limbo

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I live in a sheltered housing complex in Gorleston near the Cremetorium. The complex is mostly disabled and elderly people. Unfortunately, we do not get a gritter lorry to do our road, its now sheet ice as is the pavements. This is not exceptable & our so called council should do something before someone gets hurt. The name of our road is Bunnewell Avenue.

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    lensman

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Richguyb pleased to hear you've taken steps to prepare yourself for the bad weather. It does annoy me listening to people complain about the highways not doing enough when they do nothing to prepare themselves. The reason why other Countries can deal with this is that everybody is prepared and it's not left to the authorities. Windless, you're either very young or have a short memory I remember far worse winters than this happening far more frequently.

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    Jas

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • I have done everythig that you mention, but the road was still atrocious considering that the ring road was completely clear. My place of work does not shut down like schools at the first flake of snow, so I would like a fair crack at getting there.

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    richguyb

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Good old Worst Group. Excellent company......winkers

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    wes1975

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Lets hope that they have got their sat navs working and find the A1067 outside Taverham. This road was still in an appaling state on Friday morning. Ring road was clear though.

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    richguyb

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • GSB Ltd.....if a Gritter with a plough is not going at a certain speed it is a waste of time doing the job he sets out to do.......And as for 'nearly' swipes my 4x4 he didn't and it wasn't hit last year either.As for trackers they don't need them when there is people like yourself ready and willing to give us a hard time as soon as you see a 'near miss'.

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    greenmanwalking

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Ingo Clearly you have no idea how snow chains work as this is a ridiculous suggestion. Snow chains are only useful if the roads are permanently covered in snow. Given that the majority of the main roads are clear, the drivers would have to stop every 2 minutes to either put the chains on or take them off !!! Using them on a hard surface would not only cause damage to the road surface, but could also damage other vehicles as the chain snaps!

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    phoenix

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • Richguyb- I agree about the A1067 especially between Taverham and Sparham. At midday today, there was still slushice in the middle of the road. Did they forget to salt this stretch last week? The road was totally snow free at Bawdeswell from Thursday onwards, yet once you reached Sparham it turned treacherous .

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    Trickydicky

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • First buses should be asked whether they contemplated using snow chains and why they are not fulfilling their contract. First bus are awful at time keeping anyway so being late during the snow or running a limited service would not make much of a difference.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I only posted it once it's now come up 4 times.

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    Jas

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Well said greenmanwalking - my thoughts entirely!

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    IT Man

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Northgate Dereham 1400 today near hospital and school. Grtiter lorry with wide plough blades nearly swipes my 4x4 and parked transit truck. Going too fast and in the middle of the road...happens every year. Check his tracker guys! (Happens every year).

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    Good Solid Business Ltd

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • So pleased to hear that news for all the people have to drive out there,cars are replaceable human beings arent!!!

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    foxey

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • GSB. Nearly swiped? So they did not then! You have to do about 25mph with a snow plough to get the maximum effect. It's similar to making a bow wave in water, where again the speed has to be just right.

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    nnaw

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • I assume that all those people complaining about, other not doing a good enough job to keep the roads open and not being prepared for winter have taken steps to be prepared themselves? Things like correct tyres on their cars, correct kit in the car and they’ll clear all the snow from their car before setting off and they’ll give themselves more time to travel?

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    Jas

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Its hell out there!!!

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    nrg

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • GSB Ltd.....if a Gritter with a plough is not going at a certain speed it is a waste of time doing the job he sets out to do.......And as for 'nearly' swipes my 4x4 he didn't and it wasn't hit last year either.As for trackers they don't need them when there is people like yourself ready and willing to give us a hard time as soon as you see a 'near miss'.

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    greenmanwalking

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • While I am happy to concede that Councils don't always get everything right (who does) neither are they, nor should they be expected to be, omnipotent. I personally only have the greatest respect for the effort that goes into maintaining the road network as best as they can and as far as they are reasonably able to. I am pleased to see some of the more sensible and restrained comments on here rather than descending into what tends to be the inevitable 'Council bashing'. Gearing up for the winter maintenance programme is something of a logistical nightmare for most Councils (and not just UK). Councils have to balance the costs of having equipment and vehicles sitting around doing little or nothing for the majority of the year against being able to react sufficiently when the need arises. That is a difficult balance. The other interesting challenge is for Councils and their employment agency partners to be able to gear up at very short notice and provide the necessary experienced drivers to deliver the service.Like others I am a little 'mystified' at GSB's post and the motivation for it. My thanks to all of the gritterplough drivers etc. I reckon a job well done.

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    Jaguar

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • GSB. Nearly swiped? So they did not then! You have to do about 25mph with a snow plough to get the maximum effect. It's similar to making a bow wave in water, where again the speed has to be just right.

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    nnaw

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • We didn't have this weather before the wind turbines!

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    Windless

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Look blame the weather not the men. they have done a great job given the conditions. When we lived in Germany they did not do as good a job as Norfolk.But there was not all this back biting grow up and get real. spoilt children.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • GSB Ltd.....if a Gritter with a plough is not going at a certain speed it is a waste of time doing the job he sets out to do.......And as for 'nearly' swipes my 4x4 he didn't and it wasn't hit last year either.As for trackers they don't need them when there is people like yourself ready and willing to give us a hard time as soon as you see a 'near miss'.

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    greenmanwalking

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • I assume that all those people complaining about, other not doing a good enough job to keep the roads open and not being prepared for winter have taken steps to be prepared themselves? Things like correct tyres on their cars, correct kit in the car and they’ll clear all the snow from their car before setting off and they’ll give themselves more time to travel?

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    Jas

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Lesson learnt from last week? If all A roads, let alone B and C, are gritted 4 times before rush hour I will eat my hat. Funny how the Highways Agency could keep the A47 and A11 clear, while NCC fluffed it.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • I assume that all those people complaining about, other not doing a good enough job to keep the roads open and not being prepared for winter have taken steps to be prepared themselves? Things like correct tyres on their cars, correct kit in the car and they’ll clear all the snow from their car before setting off and they’ll give themselves more time to travel?

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    Jas

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Well did as told by the AA got my blanket, flask of hot drink, extra clothes, my shovel in case we get stuck,even had a set of snow chains, I didnt half get some funny looks as i got onto the bus to go to Norwich

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    Fishmore

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Well said Johny, bunch of sad whining trolls who wouldn't know a good job if they fell over it. Gritter lads are doing a great job.

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    Pentney Voice

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • Wow three times...normally don't let me post once.

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    greenmanwalking

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • I assume that all those people complaining about, other not doing a good enough job to keep the roads open and not being prepared for winter have taken steps to be prepared themselves? Things like correct tyres on their cars, correct kit in the car and they’ll clear all the snow from their car before setting off and they’ll give themselves more time to travel?

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    Jas

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

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