Heavy snow causes second day of disruption

SNOW ploughs and gritters are working to clear the A361 North Devon Link Road after a second wave of snow brought a further day of disruption for North Devon motorists. The road from Tiverton to Barnstaple is understood to have been partially reopened at

SNOW ploughs and gritters are working to clear the A361 North Devon Link Road after a second wave of snow brought a further day of disruption for North Devon motorists.

The road from Tiverton to Barnstaple is understood to have been partially reopened at 9am after motorists heading from the M5 junction were turned away by police for around two hours earlier this morning.

The A39 Barnstaple to Kentisbury Ford, A3072 Bickleigh to Crediton, A386 at Station Hill, Torrington and B3232 at Newton Tracey near Barnstaple are all closed this morning.

The A39 from Bideford to Barnstaple is clear in both directions although motorists are advised to drive with caution.

Heavy snow has fallen in and around Barnstaple, with several inches reported in South Molton and Chulmleigh.

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Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, with road temperatures not due to rise above freezing.

All bus routes in the North Devon area have been suspended by First Bus, Stagecoach, Filers, Hills Coaches and Hookways Coaches, while all school services have also been suspended by Taw & Torridge Coaches and Beacon Bus.

Some 100 schools and nurseries have been closed across North Devon and Torridge. See below for a full list of schools.

Devon County Council's fleet of 36 gritters were out in force right across the county, with many working throughout the night to keep main roads as clear as possible.

But while some 2,000 miles of the major and secondary routes have been salted, many minor roads and estate roads have remained untreated and are described as "treacherous".

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “A lot of people have been heeding warnings not to travel unless absolutely essential, but motorists must take extreme care if they are driving.

“Rest assured our teams are doing everything they can to keep roads as clear as possible. They have worked overnight and with snow falling across the county throughout today, they will continue to work flat out to keep Devon moving.”

Chris Cranston, the council’s Highway Operations Manager, added: “I would like to pay tribute to sterling overnight work that Devon county Council and South West Highways staff and gritter drivers have done overnight and are continuing to do today.

“As a result the majority of the A road network is passable with extreme care, but travel will continue to be difficult on the remainder of the network and ice is expected to become a real problem generally.

“Please do not travel unless essential today and keep to the primary (A) road network.”

Motorists are being reminded of the following advice:

* Avoid travel unless absolutely essential, especially at night as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures;

* Never assume a road has been salted - remember that showers or rain can wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice. In very cold weather even salting will not stop ice from forming;

* If you have to travel, take an emergency kit in your car (shovel, blanket, hot drink, torch, de-icer, boots, battery jump leads);

* Allow extra time for your journey and reduce your speed;

* Listen to local radio for updates on current conditions;

* Drive with care and according to the conditions and pay attentiont o changing conditions. Be ready to slow down and take more care particularly on bends and exposed roads.

For more information about Devon's road network contact 0845 1551004 or visit the website: www.devon.gov.uk/winter_travel

Alternatively for trunk road and motorway information call the 24 hour Highways Agency Information Line for live traffic reports (08457-504030) or listen to the latest reports online at www.trafficradio.org.uk

North Devon and Torridge School Closures

Appledore Primary - CLOSED

Acorn Nursery Petroc - CLOSED

Abbotsham and Alwington Pre School - CLOSED

Ashleigh C of E Primary - CLOSED

Beaford Primary - CLOSED

Barnstaple Tuturiol Unit - CLOSED

Berrynarbor VC Primary School - CLOSED

Bideford Community College - CLOSED

Bratton Fleming School - CLOSED

Braunton School and Community College - CLOSED

Brayford Primary School - CLOSED

Buckland Brewer School - CLOSED

Bradford & Bridgerule - CLOSED

Burrington Primary - CLOSED

Bishops Nympton - CLOSED

Caen Community Primary School - CLOSED

Chumleigh Community College - CLOSED

Chumleigh Primary - CLOSED

Clinton School - CLOSED

Copplestone Primary - CLOSED

Combe Martin Primary - CLOSED

Chittlehampton - CLOSED

Dolton Primary - CLOSED

East Anstey Primary - CLOSED

East-The-Water School - CLOSED

Forches Cross Primary - CLOSED

Filleigh - CLOSED

Fremington - CLOSED

Great Torrington Community School - CLOSED

Great Torrington Junior School - CLOSED

Goodleigh C of E - CLOSED

Holsworthy Primary - CLOSED

Holsworthy Community College - CLOSED

Horwood / Newton Tracey - CLOSED

Holywell - CLOSED

High Bickington Primary - CLOSED

Ilfracombe Arts College - CLOSED

Ilfracombe Junior School - CLOSED

Ilfracombe Infants School - CLOSED

Instow Primary - CLOSED

Jack & Jill's Preschool Torrington - CLOSED

Kings Nympton - CLOSED

Kingsacre School, Braunton - CLOSED

Kingsley School - CLOSED

Kiddywinks - CLOSED

Kentisbury Primary - CLOSED

Ladybirds Nursery - Limited staff - will close by 3pm

Lampard School, Barnstaple - CLOSED

Landkey Primary School - CLOSED

Langtree School - CLOSED

Lynton - CLOSED

Morchard Bishop - CLOSED

Marland School - CLOSED

Marwood Primary School - CLOSED

Monkleigh Primary - CLOSED

Newport Primary School, Barnstaple - CLOSED

Northam St Georges Infants and Nursery - CLOSED

North Molton Primary - CLOSED

Our Lady's - CLOSED

Orchard Vale - CLOSED

Oaktree Nursery - CLOSED

Parkham Primary - CLOSED

Parracombe - CLOSED

Pathfields School - CLOSED

Petroc College - CLOSED

Pilton Community College - CLOSED

Pilton Infants - CLOSED

Pyworthy Primary School - CLOSED

Pynes Primary - CLOSED

Shebbear Community School - CLOSED

Shirwell Primary - CLOSED

Snapdragons Preschool, Northam - CLOSED

Southmead School, Braunton - CLOSED

South Molton Community College - CLOSED

South Molton Preschool - CLOSED

South Molton Infants - CLOSED

South Molton C of E - CLOSED

Sticklepath School - CLOSED

St Margaret's Junior School, Northam - CLOSED

St Michael's Nursery - CLOSED

St Georges Northam - CLOSED

St Helens Abbotsham - CLOSED

St. Michaels School - Tawstock - CLOSED

Swimbridge School - CLOSED

Springfield Nursery - CLOSED

Sunflower Preschool, Woolsery - CLOSED

Tawstock Preschool - CLOSED

Torrington Bluecoats Infants - CLOSED

Torridge Preschool - CLOSED

TIverton High School - CLOSED

Westcroft Primary - CLOSED

West Down Primary School - CLOSED

West & East Putford School - CLOSED

West Buckland School - CLOSED

Winkleigh Primary School - CLOSED

Woolacombe School - CLOSED

Woolsery Primary School - CLOSED

Yeo Valley primary - CLOSED

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