Norwich park and ride sites won’t have walkways gritted this winter

Park and ride users are being warned to take extra care at the six sites around Norwich this winter, as walkways are not guaranteed to be gritted.

Cuts to the park and ride services earlier this year – as part of Norfolk County Council's bid to meet government-imposed �155m of cuts over the next three years – means all the sites are no longer manned by full-time staff.

As a result of this, the county council says it cannot guarantee it has the staffing required to fully grit the six sites – at Norwich International airport, Costessey, Sprowston, Harford, Thickthorn and Postwick – and is warning passengers to take care.

Posters have been put up at all six sites, reading: 'In snowy or icy conditions the surface and walkways of this park and ride site may be slippery. Roadways will be gritted as soon as practicably possible as in previous years. The walkways, however, will not.

'In these conditions please exercise caution when using the site. Norfolk County Council do not accept liability for damage or injury caused during these adverse conditions.'

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With temperatures hovering around freezing this week and the potential of snow predicted by weather forecasts, this could lead to treacherous conditions for commuters.

County council spokesman, John Birchall, added: 'Staff used to be on site and they did used to go and grit the walkways, but they won't be there to do it this year.

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'So we just want people to be aware of that and to be careful as it could get slippery.'

All of the park and ride sites will be closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Monday, January 2 before normal service resumes fully on Tuesday, January 3.

On Tuesday, December 27 all sites will be open except Costessey, with the first buses at 7.30am and the last buses at 6.30pm.

However, normal services will be running at all sites between Wednesday, December 28 and New Year's Eve.

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