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Snow chaos in Winchester
10:37am Friday 18th January 2013 in News
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- Snow causes chaos on Hampshire roads
- School closures across the district
- Bus services cancelled, revised train services
- Some council services closed
Stagecoach update on Winchester buses as of 3.30pm: All routes are currently suspended EXCEPT:- Route 1 is operating via St Cross Road and Bushfield roundabout to serve Stanmore. Services to Tesco are operating via Winnall Valley Rd. Route 3 is to Harestock is operating via Stockbridge Road and Stoney Lane and returning via Andover Road. Route 5 is operating via Romsey Road to the Sainsburys roundabout and returning to the city centre. Badger Farm estate is inaccessible. Route 7 is operating via Worthy Road, London Road, Bedfield Lane and Springfield Road to King Charles pub, then Lovedone Lane, Winchester Cart & Horse, then A33 and London Road back to the city centre.
The snow covered village of Littleton
The outpatient department at the Royal County Hospital in Winchester closed this afternoon, but all other hospital services in Winchester, Basingstoke and Andover are running as normal, said a spokesman.
Lara and Ewan Johns were taken to Weeke Primary School in style this morning by dad Fraser
Winchester Business Improvement District (BID) has teamed up with residents from Winchester Churches Nightshelter to clear the city streets.
A team of four residents from the nightshelter ensured doorways of local businesses were cleared and paths gritted.
The operation was part of a BID procedure in place for the past two years although it was sprung into action.
Catherine Turness, BID projects manager, said: “This project was introduced after comments from BID Members that they need a little bit of help during the snowy season at keeping the area around their premises safe for staff and customers. We are extremely grateful for the help from local residents of the Nightshelter.”
Nightshelter manager, Michele Price added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for our homeless guests to volunteer and to feel that they can be useful at the same time helping out the local community.”
Major Winchester shop WH Smith and the Post Office will close early today at 4pm.
Other stores that have failed to open, or closed early, include department store Debenhams, clothes shop Jaeger, charity shop Oxfam, jewellers Bellis and opticians Vision Express.
South West Trains is advising passengers that a revised service is planned for tomorrow with forecasters predicting worsening conditions throughout the remainder of the day.
Services for Saturday January 19 will continue the revised timetable with some further changes on certain routes, to be announced.
The snowy village of Twyford, near Winchester
Naomi House Hospice in Sutton Scotney
The River Park Leisure Centre will close for the day at Noon, said a spokeswoman.
Staff hope to reopen at 6.30am tomorrow.
Nikki Laneice, sports development coordinator, said: "The roads getting here have no grit and Gordon Road is really dangerous. Staff have been struggling to get in."
It means the shutting of the swimming pool and cancellation of pre-school gymnastics as well as squash and badminton.
Bluestar has suspended its Southampton to Winchester service until weather conditions improves
Staff at Jewry Street-based Wilds Sports were rubbing their hands but not with the cold.
This morning they have sold more than 50 sledges, bringing in some £1,000.
Owner Danny Cornter said: "This is great for us and we have been hoping for it for a while. I have stock left over from the last big snow two years ago and I even bought a few more sledges before Christmas because I knew this was coming."
Southampton Airport has announced it will remain shut until at least 3pm and all Flybe and Aurigny flights before 2pm have been cancelled.
Flights have been cancelled to: Amsterdam, Manchester, Limoges, Guernsey, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Dusseldorf, Rennes, Nantes, Hannover and Jersey.
All lectures at Winchester University have been cancelled although the library and canteen at the King Alfred campus on Sparkford Road remain open, said a spokeswoman.
Some 500 students are heading through the snow to Peter Symonds College to take exams. Two hundred and eighty are this morning sitting A/s levels in English Literature, physics and environmental studies.
This afternoon 270 are sitting maths and law, said a college spokeswoman.
The following Household Waste Recycling Centres are closed today: Andover, Bishop's Waltham, Casbrook, Efford, Gosport, Hayling Island, Paulsgrove (PCC), Petersfield, Segensworth, Somerley, Waterlooville.
Hampshire County Council issues update on road conditions.
The only road that is closed at the moment is Whiteley Way (M27 junction 9) currently. Local traffic can use the bus gate on Yew Tree Drive as the bollards have been lowered.
Previously blocked (due to road traffic incident earlier this morning) but now open is the A35 west of Lyndhurst at Swan Green.
These roads are passable with care:
A27(T) towards Emsworth
A3(M) South of Petersfield
Andover Ring Road
A27 Titchfield - Windhover rbt
A272/A31 Percy Hobbs rbt
A343 Hurstbourne Hill
A339 south of Basingstoke
A32 Droxford - Fareham
A336 Commercial Road, Totton
A3090 Ower to Romsey
B3055 Bashley Crossroads
A35 Colbury Hill
A35/A337 Lyndhurst High Street
A27 Romsey to Sherfield English
B2177 Southwick Hill
C9 Morestead Road
B3385 Newgate Lane flyover
Many town centres affected