Services disrupted by snow

SEVERE disruption is being reported across Northumberland due to snow.

Bus services, road networks and schools have all been affected by the winter weather.

And the snowy conditions are expected to continue through the week.

School closures today include Whalton, Longhorsley, Cambo, Belsay, Tritlington and Stamfordham first schools, as well as the Ponteland Children’s Centre in Thornhill Road and the Pupil Referral Unit in Hepscott.

Classes have also been cancelled at Morpeth Adult Learning Centre.

There have been problems with school transport in Matfen and bus routes 307, 308 and 310 were not operating to Morpeth’s Newminster, Chantry and King Edward VI schools. Just Taxis’ route from Morpeth to TyneMet College has also been cancelled.

Meanwhile, bus service 2 from Morpeth to Blyth is omitting Kirkhill due to road conditions.

The A696 is closed at Belsay towards the A68 and motorists are also advised to avoid the A697.

Two roads in Guyzance have been affected by landslips — the C100 near Guyzance Hall and the C102 at Factory Bridge. The C100 has been closed with access only to properties.

There are generally difficult driving conditions across the region, but particularly in Northumberland.

Motorists are advised to travel only if necessary and to ensure they use their headlights at all times as visibility is poor. They should allow extra time for journeys, keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front and try not to brake sharply, using the gears to decelerate.

Police are continuing to monitor the conditions.

Northumberland County Council gritters have been out treating primary routes from 4am, but people are warned to be aware of slippery surfaces on roads and pavements and disruption to travel.

Any problem areas should be reported to the council’s customer services centre on 0845 600 6400, or via email to

Further heavy snowfall is expected today and the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for more tomorrow. Accumulations are expected to be small in lower lying coastal areas, but 2cm to 5cm of snow is widely expected inland.

Forecasts also suggest there will be more snow in the area on Wednesday and Friday.