Suffolk roads gritting, schools and school transport update @ 16:45 Monday 6 February 2012

Roads

Suffolk’s gritting teams will be out treating the county’s A and B roads (priority one) from 18:00 this evening. A further treatment of priority one roads will be made at 02:00 (Tuesday 7 February) followed by bus routes commuter routes (priority two) at 04:30.

Footways in Suffolk’s larger town centres have been treated by hand today. Follow a review of conditions tomorrow morning and if resources allow, footways on the main approaches into towns will be gritted. Where grit bins are available, members of the public are being urged to assist by gritting pathways near to them.

Schools

Since this morning’s update, one further school (Acton Primary) reported being closed, making a total of six today. Nine schools opened later than usual (approx 10:00). Of the six closed schools, two (Blundeston CEVCP School and Great Cornard Middle School) are shut because of heating/power problems and a third was already planned to be closed today. All remaining schools are open as usual.

Tonight, all status information on the county council’s school closure website will be cleared (back to the default ‘open’ position) and fresh updates posted tomorrow morning from 6am. Parents are therefore being advised to check the website, and their child's school website, for information. The county council's website is: http://schoolclosures.suffolk.gov.uk/ 

School transport

School passenger transport buses have been operating as normal today thanks to the work of the county council’s gritting teams.

Some of our vehicles have reported experiencing difficulties passing through rural roads in the west of the county - particularly around Herringswell, Hessett and Freckenham - but were still able to complete their journeys.

 

Two incidents were reported this morning involving school buses on route to Farlingaye High School.

At approximately 08.30 in Hasketon, north of Woodbridge, a school bus was involved in an accident. None of the 11 children onboard were injured and the vehicle was recovered. The children were promptly collected by another bus and taken to school.

At approximately 09.00, two cars were involved in a collision with a school bus on the A12 at the Bredfield turn-off. None of the 53 children onboard were injured and the vehicle was recovered. The children were promptly collected by another bus and taken to school.

There were no reported issues on the afternoon school run.


By Andrew St Ledger on February 6th, 2012