UPDATE 5.35PM WEDNESDAY: Gritters gear up for evening runs

Many roads, such as this one between  Fleet and Holbeach, are very dangerous.
Many roads, such as this one between Fleet and Holbeach, are very dangerous.
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Lincolnshire’s gritters will continue their battle against the snow and ice into the evening.

Darrell Redford, network resilience manager, said: “It continues to be a challenging situation. In the south and west, things are a little better than the north of the county and our gritters will be out on their usual routes at 6pm.

“However, temperatures are forecast to fall to -6 tonight, so ice will be an issue.

“We’ll continue to monitor the situation around the clock, and our gritters will be on-call 24/7.

“We’ll be taking a flexible approach so we can carry out further gritting in any areas that are badly hit.

“If you do venture out, please take care – even treated routes can be hazardous in these conditions.

“Be sure to check the latest updates and make any necessary preparations before setting off.”

WEDNESDAY, 12.30PM: People are being urged not to travel as the county’s gritting team attempts to get south Lincolnshire’s major roads moving again.

Over the next few hours, the gritters efforts will be focused primarily on ploughing the area’s most vital links.

Darrell Redford, network resilience manager, said: “The conditions out there at the moment are horrendous – we haven’t faced a challenge like this for quite some time.

“Given the overwhelming amounts of snow that we’re seeing, we’re having to focus solely on our major routes for the moment, as we attempt to get the county moving again.

“That means many other roads will be hazardous and we’d urge you not to travel at all. We will get on top off this, but it will take time. We thank you for your ongoing patience.”

At the moment the Boston Depot is tackling the A1121 Boston to A17, left on to A17 to Sutteron roundabout, left up the A16 to Boston, then A52 to A17 – back via A17 to Sutterton Roundabout and up A16 to Boston and also the A16 Boston to Pinchbeck, then A151 to Holbeach, A17 to Sutterton roundabout, then A16 Boston.

The Pode Hole depot is working on the A151 Pode Hole to Bourne, A15 to Market Deeping, back by A16 to Spalding, the A151 to Holbeach, A17 to county boundary, then A1101 from Long Sutton to county boundary, and the A152 Pinchbeck to A52, A52 to A17, then right on to the A17 to Sutterton roundabout, back by the A16 to Spalding, and finally the A16 to Market Deeping then back to A1073 Spalding to county boundary.

WEDNESDAY, 11.30AM: Many schools in south Lincolnshire are closed today (Wednesday) and some public services have been suspended as the ‘Beast from the East’ takes hold.

Spalding Academy, Spalding Grammar and High, University Academy Holbeach, Long Sutton’s Peele Community College, Donington Thomas Cowley High School, Bourne Academy and Deepings School are all closed today. Closures are because of unsafe school grounds and cancellation of bus services.

Many primary schools are closed too. For the full list of closures visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/parents/schools/school-closures/

Even main roads are tricky to drive on and more snow is predicted today for South Holland, with temperatures as low as -6C.

Police say a number of lorries have become stuck on roads and they are advising the public to travel only if it is absolutely necessary.

There have been seven collisions reported across the county up to 8am with three minor injuries and the others damage only.

Lincolnshire’s 43 gritters have been out twice overnight, the team making its first run just after midnight before going out again at 3am. They are now gearing up for a third run.

Network resilience manager Darrell Redford said: “This is about as tough as it gets. We’ve been out multiple times to clear the roads, but as soon as we’ve gritted we get hit by fresh snow.

“Our team are heading back out again and we’ve got the ploughs fitted. If you do need to be out on the roads, please allow far more time for your journey and leave plenty of space between vehicles.”

For more information on the council’s gritting operations, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/winterweather

Refuse and Recycling Collections

South Holland refuse collections have been suspended and residents are asked to keep their refuse on their premises until the next collection is due.

Also, due to the slippery conditions, all council-owned public toilets are closed today and will re-open as the weather improves

No street cleaning will take place today and it will re-commence as soon as the weather improves.

If you or somebody you know or see in the district is sleeping rough at the moment, please call South Holland District Council on 01775 761161 so they can provide access to emergency temporary accommodation during the current cold snap.