Snow chaos - live updates

6:17am Friday 18th January 2013 in News

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Summary

  • Snow brings travel chaos across the south
  • More than 400 schools across Southampton and Hampshire closed
  • Airport finally reopened, after being closed for virtually the whole day
  • Many roads closed or impassable; bus services suspended; reduced train services

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6:24am Fri 18 Jan 13 bighit2011 says…

Guys take a moment to think twice whether you really need to drive today!! What's more important?? A days loss at work or ending up being in a accident due to snow/black ice?? Only drive if its a real emergency!!! Stay safe everyone :)

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6:53am Fri 18 Jan 13 FreeNelsonMantle says…

Just waiting for my work to close now. Like that will happen! Lol, love a walk in the snow anyway

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7:29am Fri 18 Jan 13 nedscrumpo says…

How to build a snowman? Couple of additions and you have a snowgirl!

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7:42am Fri 18 Jan 13 freemantlegirl2 says…

Is it chaos?? really????? hmmmmmm only because we 'convince' ourselves it is....

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7:45am Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

It makes me feel better to know that the army are on standby, this snow looks dangerous. They should declare a state of national emergency.

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7:51am Fri 18 Jan 13 louisa12 says…

why arent any of the roads gritted ??? the council had plenty of warning !!!

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8:00am Fri 18 Jan 13 Rockhopper says…

Even on the main routes around Southampton it seems the Council has failed to grit/salt the roads sufficiently or not at all!

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8:02am Fri 18 Jan 13 Rockstone says…

Nicole23 wrote…

It makes me feel better to know that the army are on standby, this snow looks dangerous. They should declare a state of national emergency.

How pathetic

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8:03am Fri 18 Jan 13 saintsteves says…

Why didn't the council grit the roads ?? Lol it rained last night a lot first which means the snow doesn't normally lay. So what good u think a quick fly by, by the gritters will do with this amount if snow ?? Lol the council can't stop this u wally !

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8:06am Fri 18 Jan 13 bernard7 says…

They haven't even attempted to grit the avenue!!

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8:08am Fri 18 Jan 13 saintsteves says…

Rockstone wrote…

Nicole23 wrote…

It makes me feel better to know that the army are on standby, this snow looks dangerous. They should declare a state of national emergency.
How pathetic

You not think that might have been a bit tongue and cheek Rock ?

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8:08am Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

Looking at that picture of Bursledon Rd, where is the grit? That's a major route.

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8:17am Fri 18 Jan 13 lambo83 says…

I drove to work this morning and am pleased to report I experienced no chaos whatsoever.

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8:26am Fri 18 Jan 13 Rockstone says…

saintsteves wrote…

Rockstone wrote…

Nicole23 wrote…

It makes me feel better to know that the army are on standby, this snow looks dangerous. They should declare a state of national emergency.
How pathetic
You not think that might have been a bit tongue and cheek Rock ?

You could be right....

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8:30am Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

It's starting to look like a Southampton City Council epic fail yet again.

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8:32am Fri 18 Jan 13 LaurenDaisyFairbairn says…

Romsey Road heading towards the Winchester Road/Tebourba Way junction traffic very slow moving struggling to get down the hill

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8:39am Fri 18 Jan 13 freemantlegirl2 says…

Agreed, once again roads have NOT been cleared/gritted.....

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8:59am Fri 18 Jan 13 Raxx says…

Nothing around Shirley gritted at all. Ridiculous.

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9:00am Fri 18 Jan 13 loosehead says…

I live by 5Acres in Lordshill right opposite me is a main road why wasn't it gritted? this snow has been forecast so it's not just happened is this the way the council intend on saving money?

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9:20am Fri 18 Jan 13 Ozmosis says…

I'm in my office watching the snow come down. It's very picturesque but I do worry about getting home again!

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9:25am Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

Everything running normally in Portsmouth, Southampton is a disgrace.

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9:37am Fri 18 Jan 13 SPIKEISLANDTRADER says…

-4 yesterday in France & Belgium , snow everywhere , but All O.k. so why oh why , do we shut down when its forecasted ????

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9:43am Fri 18 Jan 13 Ginger_cyclist says…

I'm getting ready to go for a nice ride.

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9:43am Fri 18 Jan 13 debzy82 says…

It's only chaos because people/services etc... are never prepared despite claiming they will learn and be more prepared next time! Silliness.

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9:56am Fri 18 Jan 13 good-gosh says…

Ginger_cyclist wrote…

I'm getting ready to go for a nice ride.

Acrobats should be OK

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10:01am Fri 18 Jan 13 -stiv- says…

Seems like a great day to go out for a drive in your car transporter. I might go out for a cruise in my cement mixer.

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10:24am Fri 18 Jan 13 SFC4EVA says…

Yet again the council fail to prepare and fail to act. This is becoming more and more a regular occurance - snow in the winter shock horror! - yet it's the same old story and always an excuse from the "people in power". It rained first blah blah blah.....Get ploughs and gritters out working around the close and for pitys sake buy more of the machines who cares what it costs, it'll be a **** sight less that the economy will be losing on these "snow days" every year. Fail to prepare - prepare to fail! Drove to work and did not see the chaos you speak of just lots and lots of people who didn't clear their cars of snow before setting off. Some even just switched the windscreen whipers on and off they went. Lights obstructed by snow, roofs piled with snow. Idiots!

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10:32am Fri 18 Jan 13 Subject48 says…

Peoples laziness and stupidity, not chaos.

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11:07am Fri 18 Jan 13 louisa12 says…

apparently the main roads were gritted !! shirley high street , teboura way and winchester road are all main roads and none of these have been gritted !!! come on scc answer the question ! why arent they gritted ???

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11:11am Fri 18 Jan 13 bernard7 says…

Everyone is just using it as an excuse for a day off, i cycled to work easy, no dramas! Bunch of pansies!

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11:11am Fri 18 Jan 13 southy says…

freemantlegirl2 wrote…

Agreed, once again roads have NOT been cleared/gritted.....

no good gridding the roads till there was traffic, you need traffic to get the salty grit to work, no traffic it just seperates and freezes up

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11:17am Fri 18 Jan 13 surfinsaint says…

Anyone seen a council snow plow or a gritting wagon out on these roads yet, big cheer for the first photo to go up....

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11:18am Fri 18 Jan 13 SOULJACKER says…

The roads in Bevois valley didn't look like they had been gritted at 5 oclock this morning but that said.....My neighbors made a big ole snowman outside the house & they stuck a big ole willy on it........very impressive I must say :)

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11:20am Fri 18 Jan 13 southy says…

I was hoping that we would get that Blizzard had the camera out and set ready for a 4am walk over the park. 1 or 2 good pictures taking keep them coming in

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11:29am Fri 18 Jan 13 Dresnez says…

They did grit our road, but guess what when snow falls and settles on the grit, the grits gets buried. Even salt won't stop it sticking if enough snow falls. Stop moaning, it doesn't happen that often here. Apart from essential workers, most people will cope for a couple of days with what they have in stock. Only people who need to get to work are the essential services and it makes much more sense to leave the roads empty for them. People who live close by who can safely walk to work can man shops. Business be thankful it is the weekend and not Monday. If folk want and need your business then they can get what they need when the snow clears. You haven't lost any business it is merely delayed.

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11:30am Fri 18 Jan 13 southy says…

Bit of general knowledge for those who don't know. The colder it is the finer the snow

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11:32am Fri 18 Jan 13 100%HANTSBOY says…

lambo83 wrote…

I drove to work this morning and am pleased to report I experienced no chaos whatsoever.

You gotta get home yet! I got sent home from work at 8 a.m. and it took me an hour and a half to get from Eastleigh to Portswood!!

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11:40am Fri 18 Jan 13 Ginger_cyclist says…

I'm pleased to report I rode along bursledon road on road tyres with no problems, lot of abandoned vehicles though.

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11:43am Fri 18 Jan 13 sarfhamton says…

Nicole23 wrote…

Everything running normally in Portsmouth, Southampton is a disgrace.

-10 in Pompey

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11:54am Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

Adkins has been sacked WOOOHOOOOO!!!

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12:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13 southy says…

Kendle ave have not been gritted all but traffic is moving easy along it and having no problems at all

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12:21pm Fri 18 Jan 13 loosehead says…

Been told they looked at it last night & it was raining so they thought it wouldn't lay if it snowed & if they put the salt down it would be washed away so they went home? Surely you wait see if it is laying get out the ploughs & gritters then you wouldn't have this chaos. Saw a four wheeled vehicle coming down from Romsey cvrossing the roundabout at Lordshill somehow sliding up into the wrong lane towards Sainsbury's when he intended heading to Shirley? How do Alaska & Canada carry on with life? Also saw a track bike ( learner) out trying to ride around off street in the snow?

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12:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13 info@denisbundy.co.uk says…

Southampton City Council should hang their heads in shame! How many warnings from every weather report you could access do you need in order to send out your gritting lorries during the night? I left home in London Road to travel the relatively short distance to The General Hospital for a long awaited pre-op assessment for an even longer awaited urgent major knee operation. After over an hour I was still on the Avenue (the main road in and out of Southampton orom the M3) and I was forced to turn back. I witnessed a single decker bus brake for a bus stop and then slide vitually sideways past the stop - frightening. I hear constant reports that this is the same situation all over our city. It is obvious that the Council are in dereliction of their duty to the people of Southampton and its visitors. It is nothing short of a disgrace and I have yet to hear an explaination or an apology! Shame on you!!

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12:24pm Fri 18 Jan 13 info@denisbundy.co.uk says…

Southampton City Council should hang their heads in shame! How many warnings from every weather report you could access do you need in order to send out your gritting lorries during the night? I left home in London Road to travel the relatively short distance to The General Hospital for a long awaited pre-op assessment for an even longer awaited urgent major knee operation. After over an hour I was still on the Avenue (the main road in and out of Southampton orom the M3) and I was forced to turn back. I witnessed a single decker bus brake for a bus stop and then slide vitually sideways past the stop - frightening. I hear constant reports that this is the same situation all over our city. It is obvious that the Council are in dereliction of their duty to the people of Southampton and its visitors. It is nothing short of a disgrace and I have yet to hear an explaination or an apology! Shame on you!!

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12:38pm Fri 18 Jan 13 sotonbusdriver says…

Lets hope that those where the bullet stops in our Council, get the sack for the way in which they have dealt with the snow, which is less than previous years when things were still moving.. Sacking those that hve incompetent would save more than enough to help protect those less paid workers jobs... The Councils have been boasting that they were prepared to cope with the bad weather, and here we are snowed in by a few inches.....

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12:52pm Fri 18 Jan 13 cantthinkofone says…

info@denisbundy.co.u k wrote…

Southampton City Council should hang their heads in shame! How many warnings from every weather report you could access do you need in order to send out your gritting lorries during the night? I left home in London Road to travel the relatively short distance to The General Hospital for a long awaited pre-op assessment for an even longer awaited urgent major knee operation. After over an hour I was still on the Avenue (the main road in and out of Southampton orom the M3) and I was forced to turn back. I witnessed a single decker bus brake for a bus stop and then slide vitually sideways past the stop - frightening. I hear constant reports that this is the same situation all over our city. It is obvious that the Council are in dereliction of their duty to the people of Southampton and its visitors. It is nothing short of a disgrace and I have yet to hear an explaination or an apology! Shame on you!!

Couldn't agree more. I feel very sorry for any that needs an urgent ambulance response today.

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1:19pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Nicole23 says…

cantthinkofone wrote…

info@denisbundy.co.u k wrote…

Southampton City Council should hang their heads in shame! How many warnings from every weather report you could access do you need in order to send out your gritting lorries during the night? I left home in London Road to travel the relatively short distance to The General Hospital for a long awaited pre-op assessment for an even longer awaited urgent major knee operation. After over an hour I was still on the Avenue (the main road in and out of Southampton orom the M3) and I was forced to turn back. I witnessed a single decker bus brake for a bus stop and then slide vitually sideways past the stop - frightening. I hear constant reports that this is the same situation all over our city. It is obvious that the Council are in dereliction of their duty to the people of Southampton and its visitors. It is nothing short of a disgrace and I have yet to hear an explaination or an apology! Shame on you!!
Couldn't agree more. I feel very sorry for any that needs an urgent ambulance response today.

Agree, it's a disgrace.Even the city centre is untreated,no workmen,gritters anywhere,central station inacessible. That's what happens when you vote Labour.

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1:58pm Fri 18 Jan 13 Ians view says…

The grit is under the snow... The only way to keep the roads free of snow is to put a roof over them. The snow will last for a day, or just a few days, but the cost of having enough snow ploughs, which would be needed even on years when there is no snow, would be massive - the moaners I'm sure would not want such an increase in Council Tax to pay for such exuberance.

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2:01pm Fri 18 Jan 13 SRH74 says…

Isnt there a large mound of salt in the docks that you can see from the dual carriageway......**** ume it's still there as it's not on the roads!

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2:15pm Fri 18 Jan 13 cantthinkofone says…

Ians view wrote…

The grit is under the snow... The only way to keep the roads free of snow is to put a roof over them. The snow will last for a day, or just a few days, but the cost of having enough snow ploughs, which would be needed even on years when there is no snow, would be massive - the moaners I'm sure would not want such an increase in Council Tax to pay for such exuberance.

No. There was no grit on the roads around Shirley this morning whatsoever. Not under the snow, not above the snow, not anywhere near the snow at all. None.

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2:18pm Fri 18 Jan 13 cantthinkofone says…

cantthinkofone wrote…

Ians view wrote…

The grit is under the snow... The only way to keep the roads free of snow is to put a roof over them. The snow will last for a day, or just a few days, but the cost of having enough snow ploughs, which would be needed even on years when there is no snow, would be massive - the moaners I'm sure would not want such an increase in Council Tax to pay for such exuberance.
No. There was no grit on the roads around Shirley this morning whatsoever. Not under the snow, not above the snow, not anywhere near the snow at all. None.

And I hope no one had a heart attack or an acute respiratory episode round here this morning, because with the roads as they were the ambulance response times must have been shocking (through no fault of SCAS). The council have a duty to ensure the transport network is adequate for emergency response at the least. If they're negligent in that, then potentially they have blood on their hands.

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