Snow causes closures

Sledging at Morpeth Rugby Club
Sledging at Morpeth Rugby Club

THERE was plenty of fun to be had in the snow this week, but the weather also brought its fair share of problems.

While families took the opportunity to go sledging and build snowmen, there was widespread disruption to travel, schools, businesses and services.

Northumberland County Council gritting teams were working round the clock to try to keep traffic moving and footpaths clear, but driving conditions remained difficult and in some cases roads were impassable, such as the A696 at Belsay on Monday.

Bus services were also cut because of the treacherous conditions, with Lancaster Park and Kirkhill in Morpeth particularly tricky, and mobile library services were also affected.

First and middle schools across the county were closed, and on Tuesday high schools, including King Edward VI in Morpeth and Ponteland High School, were only open to exam students.

Northumberland College’s Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland was also shut on Tuesday, while classes at Morpeth and Ponteland adult learning centres were cancelled.

However, Morpeth First School, Abbeyfields and Collingwood School remained open throughout the week, along with Linton First School, Lynemouth’s William Leech Campus and Stannington First School.

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