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More school closures and travel disruption across Waveney as residents face deep snow

PUBLISHED: 12:20 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:56 28 February 2018

A snow covered Lowestoft road in Worlingham.
Picture: Nick Butcher

A snow covered Lowestoft road in Worlingham. Picture: Nick Butcher

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More snow has fallen across Waveney overnight, causing the majority of schools to close and early morning disruption for drivers.

Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft - like the majority of schools in Waveney - was closed on February 28, 2018 due to the heavy snowfall overnight. Picture: Mark BoggisOrmiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft - like the majority of schools in Waveney - was closed on February 28, 2018 due to the heavy snowfall overnight. Picture: Mark Boggis

The ‘Beast from the East’ is continuing to hit the region, with more snowfall predicted today along with freezing temperatures.

The snow is causing disruption to public transport, with a Tweet from the First Bus Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft account saying: “Services 1, 1A, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are all suspended until further notice due to the increasingly bad weather. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.”

While Greater Anglia tweeted: “Due to severe weather conditions we have disruption across the whole GA network. Please check before you travel.”

Picture: Nick ButcherPicture: Nick Butcher

The lines affected include the Norwich to Lowestoft and Ipswich to Lowestoft routes. No bus replacement services are available.

There have been long delays on Yarmouth Road in Lowestoft, with traffic queueing from past Ormiston Denes Academy all the way to the Tesco store in Gunton.

Drivers also faced issues getting over the bridges in Haddiscoe and St Olaves this morning, with several people leaving their cars to push others as they struggled with the incline. The bridge at St Olaves has now been closed.

Suffolk Highways have tweeted: “Due to the significant and continuing snow fall we will be gritting our Priority 2 routes today with snow ploughs. We plan to head out around midday across the county. The conditions are varying across the county currently. We’re planning to plough and grit P2 routes in central and eastern areas where the conditions call for it. We’ll continue to monitor forecasts for other areas and address these as appropriate.”

The James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston has tweeted to say that all eye clinic appointments at Beccles Hospital today (Wednesday) have been cancelled. It said: “Apologies to our patients but all eye clinic appointments are cancelled at Beccles Hospital today.”

Sentinel Leisure Trust – which manages and operates a number of leisure sites on behalf of Waveney District Council, Suffolk County Council and Great Yarmouth Borough Council – posted on Wednesday morning: “Due to local weather warnings and current conditions and that we prioritise customer and staff safety we have taken the decision to cancel all swimming lessons until further notice.

“All sites are open at present however this may change depending on staff availability and managers views on access/safety to their sites.”

The majority of Schools closed in the district so far are: Albert Pye Primary in Beccles, Beccles Primary Academy, Beccles Free School, Benjamin Britten Academy of Music and Mathematics in Lowestoft, Bungay Primary School, Bungay High School, Carlton Colville Primary School, Dell Primary School in Lowestoft, East Coast College in Lowestoft, East Point Academy in Lowestoft, Elm Tree Primary in Lowestoft, First Base PRU in Lowestoft, Grove Primary in Lowestoft, Gunton Primary Academy, Northfield St Nicholas Primary Academy in Lowestoft, Old Warren House PRU in Lowestoft, Kessingland Primary School, Ormiston Denes Academy in Lowestoft, Oulton Broad Primary School, Pakefield High School, Pakefield Primary School, Phoenix St Peter Academy in Lowestoft, Red Oak Primary School in Lowestoft, Roman Hill Primary School in Lowestoft, St Margaret’s Primary Academy in Lowestoft, St Mary’s RCP School in Lowestoft, Sir John Leman High School in Beccles, Somerleyton Primary School, The Ashley School Academy Trust in Lowestoft, The Attic PRU in Lowestoft, The Harbour PRU in Lowestoft, Warren School in Lowestoft, Westwood Primary School in Lowestoft, Woods Loke CP School in Lowestoft and Worlingham Primary School.

Lowestoft Sixth Form College was due to hold a maths tournament today involving a number of students and schools, but this “has been cancelled due to bad weather.”

Joanne Wilkinson's snow picture of Lowestoft beach. Picture: Joanne Wilkinson.Joanne Wilkinson's snow picture of Lowestoft beach. Picture: Joanne Wilkinson.

Pakefield High School also sent a message to pupils and parents encouraging them to check the school’s website later today (Wednesday) ahead of their scheduled performance this evening.

Across the border in the Beccles and Bungay area of Norfolk, schools closed include: Alburgh with Denton Primary School, Ditchingham Primary School, Earsham Primary School, Ellingham Primary School, Gillingham Primary Academy, Hobart High School in Loddon, Langley School, Loddon Infant and Nursery, Loddon Junior School, Thurlton Primary School Thurton Primary School and Woodton Primary School.

• Let us know what the weather conditions are like where you are and keep us posted about any road closures and accidents. Send in your photos and videos to lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk, or send them to us on our Facebook pages.

Beccles Town centre in the snow.
Picture: Nick ButcherBeccles Town centre in the snow. Picture: Nick Butcher

You can also check our live travel map before you leave the house.

Snow in Beccles Town centre at first light.
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow in Beccles Town centre at first light. Picture: Nick Butcher

Lowestoft town centre after snowfall on February 28, 2018. Picture: Mark BoggisLowestoft town centre after snowfall on February 28, 2018. Picture: Mark Boggis

Sophie Campion sent in this photo of sledging in Carlton Colville. Picture: Sophie Campion.Sophie Campion sent in this photo of sledging in Carlton Colville. Picture: Sophie Campion.

Susy Goldsmith's dogs enjoying the snow in Lowestoft. Picture: Susy Goldsmith.Susy Goldsmith's dogs enjoying the snow in Lowestoft. Picture: Susy Goldsmith.

The River Waveney and Bungay in the background taken on Falcon Meadow in Ditchingham. Picture Andrew Atterwill.The River Waveney and Bungay in the background taken on Falcon Meadow in Ditchingham. Picture Andrew Atterwill.

Snow in Beccles 
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow in Beccles Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow on Denmark road, Beccles.
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow on Denmark road, Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow in Beccles 
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow in Beccles Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow on the river Waveney in Beccles
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow on the river Waveney in Beccles Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow in Beccles Town centre at first light.
Picture: Nick ButcherSnow in Beccles Town centre at first light. Picture: Nick Butcher

Snow falling at Lowestoft station caused all trains to be cancelled. PICTURE: East Suffolk Lines Community Rail PartnershipSnow falling at Lowestoft station caused all trains to be cancelled. PICTURE: East Suffolk Lines Community Rail Partnership

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