Snow update: Devon's main routes passable as freeze continues

DEVON County Council gritters and snowploughs are focusing on keeping Devon s main roads clear as freezing conditions continue across the county. Highways teams have again been working throughout the night to salt main roads and the majority of these prim

DEVON County Council gritters and snowploughs are focusing on keeping Devon's main roads clear as freezing conditions continue across the county.

Highways teams have again been working throughout the night to salt main roads and the majority of these primary routes are said to be passable with care this morning (Thursday).

The advice to motorists is to continue to drive with care and that minor roads and estate roads off the salting network will be hazardous. Drivers are also advised not to travel to Dartmoor as roads are still impassable.

Snow is drifting on some roads, which is causing problems, particularly in East Devon on the A373 from Honiton to Cullompton and in the Dunkeswell and Yarcombe area and also in North Devon on the A39 at County Gate and A399 at Bratton Down, where traffic control is in use.

Temperatures should rise above freezing today, but they remain sub-zero on higher ground and the council will continue salting the primary road network and clearing snow where possible today.

Around 240 schools have been closed across the county today and all the council's 20 recycling centres are closed until conditions improve.

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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 attention to 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

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

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