Monday, January 21, 2013

How’s the day going in Sutton?

On the whole, the council has operated 'business as usual' today.  Some staff have been moved to other duties to make sure that essential services have been covered. As would be expected, some schools have been closed. 

All of the main roads are clear of snow, but many pavements and side roads remain slippery.  Please take extra care tonight as it gets colder because ice will undoubtedly be forming on pavements and black ice on some roads.

The gritting team will be working through the night once again.  They are focusing on main routes, covering some side roads and responding to requests on grit bins

A Summary of Service Status for the day

  • ·         Gritting and highways – Three gritting vehicles have been out today and  two 4x4 vehicles have been topping up grit bins.  Main routes are clear
  • ·         Leisure Centres – Business as usual
  • ·         Policing – Business as usual
  • ·         Refuse collection – A full collection service today and additional crews are picking up any missed collections from Friday and Saturday
  • ·         Libraries including mobile library – Business as usual
  • ·         Meals on wheels – has operates as usual with around 150 meals being delivered today
  • ·         Museums and theatres – Business as usual
  • ·         Public meetings – Business as usual
  • ·         Registrars - Business as usual
  • ·         SCOLA – Open as usual but some classes have been cancelled
  • ·         Youth services - Business as usual
  • ·         Street cleaning – are focussing on clearing snow clearing. Attention particularly on schools, surgeries, hospitals and shopping areas
  • ·         Parks, gardens and cemeteries – Park workers were diverted to cemeteries this morning and then returned to gritting main park paths later in the day.
  • ·         Schools – 14 schools reported that they were closed today
  • ·         Children’s centres - Green Oak, Amy Johnson High View, Muschamp, Manor Park, Stanley Park, Thomas Wall, Victor Seymour, The Grange were open.  Tweeddale was closed.
  • ·         Street lighting – Work was impeded by the snow
  • ·         Highways – Work was impeded by the snow
  • ·         Council Car Parks – Gibson Road, Brighton Road and Times Square Car Parks were open. Surface car parks have been gritted twice today. They remain open but given the icy conditions please take care in them.


Live update here. The weather remains challenging. The risk of further light snow today and tomorrow has receded, but the low temperatures and icy conditions are set to continue. As a result, the Met Office’s Level 3 Cold Weather Alert remains in place. This indicates that some services may still need to take action to prevent avoidable disruption and safeguard vulnerable service users.

The weather conditions mean that there is still a risk of transport disruption. In particular, there are cancellations and delays across most local rail networks.


First Capital Connect Trains - Live update here. 
Snowfall and ice is causing disruption across some First Capital Connect routes. Services have been serving  stations on the Wimbledon Loop, however delays and cancellations have occurred. Please check the live train updates before travelling.
·        There are delays between London St Pancras International and Elephant & Castle until further notice. First Capital Connect passengers may use London Underground, Southern, Southeastern and South West Trains services on any reasonable routes, and East Midlands Trains services between Bedford and London St Pancras International.
·        Delays of up to 30 minutes between Brighton and Gatwick Airport.
·        There were no trains between Streatham and Sutton today.

Southern Trains - Live update here.
Snow and ice are causing disruption, and Southern are running an amended timetable on some routes. Details of any changes for tomorrow (Tuesday 22 January) will be made available as soon as possible.
Because of this, the following changes will apply until further notice:
·        Buses are replacing trains between Brighton / Lewes and Three Bridges
·        Trains across the Southern network may be delayed by up to 60 minutes
An amended service has also been operating between:
·         London and Brighton / Eastbourne / Hastings
·         London and Horsham / Arundel / Chichester / Portsmouth
·         London and Caterham / Tattenham Corner
·         Trains did not split or join at Haywards Heath or Horsham

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