Gwent on ice alert as big freeze continues

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  • Warnings as snow freezes again
  • Temperatures set to plumet again
  • Hazardous driving conditions

11:07pm

TEMPERATURES in Gwent are set to remain below zero tomorrow as Wales is put on a yellow alert with temperatures dropping to almost -4C overnight.

The Met Office issued another warning as snow from Friday will again freeze causing hazardous conditions.

Temperatures in Gwent are set to vary from around -1C in Newport to -4.6C in Tredegar.

The M48 Severn Bridge is to stay closed until 09.00am tomorrow (Sunday) as it is covered in four inches of ice.

One lane remains closed in both directions on the M4 second Severn Crossing.

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The M48 remains closed this evening, while the M4 Second Severn Crossing has one lane closed in both directions.

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6:01pm Sat 19 Jan 13

ebony1 says

can you please give a mention to the Gwent 4x4 response and bonkers 4x4 club they have been out in all this weather inc the resent floods making sure dr, s nurses can get to work taking them on their rounds getting staff nursing homes pulling ambulances and lorries out of trouble they are volunteers that do this in their own time and are on 24 hrs call out as well as helping the local community check their new web site Gwent 4x4 response to see what they do

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3:41pm

Caerphilly Magistrates court was closed today, according to Ben Wright from PA, because the security van couldn't get near enough to the court building.

 

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12:47pm

Bristol Airport says flights are operating there and it expects to operate a normal schedule. 

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12:26pm Sat 19 Jan 13

mandy54 says

hi

i would like to say that my husband works for stagecoach in cwmbran and they are operating as normal today

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12:24pm

A reader sent in this picture of a young child in Monmouth on a sledge infront of the snow-covered Monnow BridgeSouth Wales Argus:

12:10pm

Apologies - Stagecoach is running services today, at least from the Brynmawr depot, but it does not appear to be updating via the web or social media as to what is or is not running. No one is answering in Cwmbran at the moment.

12:07pm

Newport Bus says it is operating the majority of its Saturday service. However there are significant exceptions and changes to a large number of routes, with some, such as the 10a, 10c, 4 and 5 not operating at all. The bus firm is updating on the status of the routes here.

12:03pm

A Met Office forecaster says we shouldn't get the amount of snow we did on Friday during today or Sunday - but its unlikely we will get a thawing either.

Temperatures in some places will fail to break freezing, and in others could reach two degrees. Overnight this could fall to minus five in parts of the South East.

While there may be snow at the weekend it is unlikley to fall in the amounts it did when Gwent ground to a halt at the end of the week.

The picture is more uncertain on Monday - with a band of rain, sleet and snow near the South West of the UK that could head towards Gwent.

11:49am

The Brecon and Monmouthshire canalSouth Wales Argus:

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10:34am Sat 19 Jan 13

gingertom says

still no sign of snow plough in newbridge it is left to traffic to clear it. The bus route outside the villas and labour club is very hazardous. What happens if a bus slides, hits the railings and tumbles past toy town down into the traffic lights. It does not bear thinking about it is totally unacceptable.

11:43am

A lovely-warming fire burning in a snow-covered reader's back garden.South Wales Argus: Snowfire

10:32am

County fans help out to clear snow at Rodney Parade, ahead of today's game against Barrow.

South Wales Argus: Fans clear snow at Rodney Parade

9:55am

A few Newport Council services are opening today. A full list is here, but in summary:

  • Rogerstone, Maindee and Central libraries are open. Ringland will open dependent on road conditions.
  • Football and rugby pitches throughout the city's parks will be unavailable for use.
  • Caerleon Golf Course is shut today and is likely to stay shut for a number of days.
  • The NISV, Newport Centre, Underwood and Active Living Centre are open.

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First Great Western, which runs the Newport trains to London, has however reported possible delays of up to 30 minutes because of line-side equipment problems between Swindon and Didcot Parkway.

9:40am

Arriva Trains Wales are reporting few delays at present - although there are severe delays on the Maesteg to Cheltenham services. Check the firm's site for more information.

9:31am

Claire Bullock, from Newport, sent in this picture of her daughter's first snowman

South Wales Argus: First snowman

9:26am

Snowy Blaina (thanks Paul & Lise!)

South Wales Argus: Snowy Blaina

9:10am

A Brynithel youngster takes a tumble in his dinghy whilst playing in the snow

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The M48 Severn Crossing is closed in both directions because of the snow, with one lane closed in both directions on the M4 Second Severn Crossing.

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10:34am Sat 19 Jan 13

gingertom says...

still no sign of snow plough in newbridge it is left to traffic to clear it. The bus route outside the villas and labour club is very hazardous. What happens if a bus slides, hits the railings and tumbles past toy town down into the traffic lights. It does not bear thinking about it is totally unacceptable.
still no sign of snow plough in newbridge it is left to traffic to clear it. The bus route outside the villas and labour club is very hazardous. What happens if a bus slides, hits the railings and tumbles past toy town down into the traffic lights. It does not bear thinking about it is totally unacceptable. gingertom

10:56am Sat 19 Jan 13

Dugstar says...

I did see a gang of Council workers throwing grit around up by Newbridge Hotel this morning about 7:45 and the gritter go down about 8. Parry Square and Main Street in Newbridge are like Ice Rinks.
I did see a gang of Council workers throwing grit around up by Newbridge Hotel this morning about 7:45 and the gritter go down about 8. Parry Square and Main Street in Newbridge are like Ice Rinks. Dugstar

11:50am Sat 19 Jan 13

Aquarius says...

Full marks to bus and train companies for trying to run a service in what are very trying conditions I should think.

Also rather impressive are the efforts of Newport Bus, Cardiff Bus and First Bus in trying to keep passengers up to date.

No marks at all however to Stagecoach South Wales, who (their website tells us) are running no services at present. OK if you jave access to the web I suppose. But they do not have Facebook or Twitter feeds, and have barely updated the Traveline call centres at all.

Anyone from Stagecoach care to comment on what is a lamentable management failing? And it's not the first time either.
Full marks to bus and train companies for trying to run a service in what are very trying conditions I should think. Also rather impressive are the efforts of Newport Bus, Cardiff Bus and First Bus in trying to keep passengers up to date. No marks at all however to Stagecoach South Wales, who (their website tells us) are running no services at present. OK if you jave access to the web I suppose. But they do not have Facebook or Twitter feeds, and have barely updated the Traveline call centres at all. Anyone from Stagecoach care to comment on what is a lamentable management failing? And it's not the first time either. Aquarius

11:53am Sat 19 Jan 13

Aquarius says...

Just to reinforce the point above, I make no criticism of Stagecoach not running, or of their drivers.

I am making criticism of a complete failure by their managers to have any sort of system which updates passengers as to what is or isn't happening. To not be embracing Twitter and Facebook is one thing.

Not even to be properly updating Traveline (who are telling people on Twitter that they aren't getting much info from the company) is such a serious failure that someone senior at the company should be carpeted.
Just to reinforce the point above, I make no criticism of Stagecoach not running, or of their drivers. I am making criticism of a complete failure by their managers to have any sort of system which updates passengers as to what is or isn't happening. To not be embracing Twitter and Facebook is one thing. Not even to be properly updating Traveline (who are telling people on Twitter that they aren't getting much info from the company) is such a serious failure that someone senior at the company should be carpeted. Aquarius

12:20pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Aquarius says...

Regarding the 12.10 Argus feed update, you will note that even that feeble announcement wasn't apparently posted until nearly 10.30 this morning!.

Quite astonishing for a company in a large transport group that is normally very good at self-promotion (as indeed the local subsidiary is).

I repeat: any comment from senior Stagecoach managers? I shall certainly be asking the national group management.
Regarding the 12.10 Argus feed update, you will note that even that feeble announcement wasn't apparently posted until nearly 10.30 this morning!. Quite astonishing for a company in a large transport group that is normally very good at self-promotion (as indeed the local subsidiary is). I repeat: any comment from senior Stagecoach managers? I shall certainly be asking the national group management. Aquarius

12:26pm Sat 19 Jan 13

mandy54 says...

hi

i would like to say that my husband works for stagecoach in cwmbran and they are operating as normal today
hi i would like to say that my husband works for stagecoach in cwmbran and they are operating as normal today mandy54

12:37pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Aquarius says...

Thanks Mandy. Hope your husband keeps safe on the road. A bus weighing a few tons and several feet in length isn't the same as a car:-)

But I dont think generally services ARE operating as normal; for instance I would doubt that services which are operating would be able to access all the estates that they normally would. You'd think that Stagecoach would be updating Traveline at least (and indeed their own website).

Its the drivers that always get it in the neck from passengers. Not the managers. And this company has NUMEROUS managers - where are they all? Snowbound?
Thanks Mandy. Hope your husband keeps safe on the road. A bus weighing a few tons and several feet in length isn't the same as a car:-) But I dont think generally services ARE operating as normal; for instance I would doubt that services which are operating would be able to access all the estates that they normally would. You'd think that Stagecoach would be updating Traveline at least (and indeed their own website). Its the drivers that always get it in the neck from passengers. Not the managers. And this company has NUMEROUS managers - where are they all? Snowbound? Aquarius

2:14pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

Moan moan, get out and grab a shovel like!!!!
Moan moan, get out and grab a shovel like!!!! Goldy_Lookin_Clart

5:09pm Sat 19 Jan 13

gingertom says...

stagecoach was running through newbridge today hence my post at 11.46 am.
Two people fell in the village today as I know of and an ambulance was at the top of main street when I ventured over.
I nearly went flying by labour club it is just a sheet of ice as was victoria terrace and dr's hill was like a glass bottle.
Then saw council workers gritting the pavements on the terrace so well done to both of them however couldn't understand why was no grit was put on the road at the same time.
At 2.20 pm a green tractor like vehicle came in front of villas and started to shift the snow and ice. It is very much appreciated.
Council lorry then went past but dropped no grit which was very odd.
stagecoach was running through newbridge today hence my post at 11.46 am. Two people fell in the village today as I know of and an ambulance was at the top of main street when I ventured over. I nearly went flying by labour club it is just a sheet of ice as was victoria terrace and dr's hill was like a glass bottle. Then saw council workers gritting the pavements on the terrace so well done to both of them however couldn't understand why was no grit was put on the road at the same time. At 2.20 pm a green tractor like vehicle came in front of villas and started to shift the snow and ice. It is very much appreciated. Council lorry then went past but dropped no grit which was very odd. gingertom

5:20pm Sat 19 Jan 13

gingertom says...

Lastly, I heard a rumour that eddie "the eagle" edwards is going to use dr's hill for training and torville and dean will use by the labour club for last minute practice for dancing on ice tomorrow night.

Seriously, to all the bus drivers, council workers who did work today thank you very much.
Lastly, I heard a rumour that eddie "the eagle" edwards is going to use dr's hill for training and torville and dean will use by the labour club for last minute practice for dancing on ice tomorrow night. Seriously, to all the bus drivers, council workers who did work today thank you very much. gingertom

6:01pm Sat 19 Jan 13

ebony1 says...

can you please give a mention to the Gwent 4x4 response and bonkers 4x4 club they have been out in all this weather inc the resent floods making sure dr, s nurses can get to work taking them on their rounds getting staff nursing homes pulling ambulances and lorries out of trouble they are volunteers that do this in their own time and are on 24 hrs call out as well as helping the local community check their new web site Gwent 4x4 response to see what they do
can you please give a mention to the Gwent 4x4 response and bonkers 4x4 club they have been out in all this weather inc the resent floods making sure dr, s nurses can get to work taking them on their rounds getting staff nursing homes pulling ambulances and lorries out of trouble they are volunteers that do this in their own time and are on 24 hrs call out as well as helping the local community check their new web site Gwent 4x4 response to see what they do ebony1

7:19pm Sat 19 Jan 13

Goldy_Lookin_Clart says...

I heard Kieth Wood was signing for Newbridge, yawn
I heard Kieth Wood was signing for Newbridge, yawn Goldy_Lookin_Clart

9:20pm Sat 19 Jan 13

tilleryvalleyboy says...

My wife stopped a slow plough/gritter today and asked if he could turn into the car park/access area outside our houses only to be told `it's not on a bus route` when at the same time time the same driver is complaining about cars, those that would park in the very same area, parked on the road causing him problems
My wife stopped a slow plough/gritter today and asked if he could turn into the car park/access area outside our houses only to be told `it's not on a bus route` when at the same time time the same driver is complaining about cars, those that would park in the very same area, parked on the road causing him problems tilleryvalleyboy

9:21pm Sat 19 Jan 13

tilleryvalleyboy says...

My wife stopped a slow plough/gritter today and asked if he could turn into the car park/access area outside our houses only to be told `it's not on a bus route` when at the same time time the same driver is complaining about cars, those that would park in the very same area, parked on the road causing him problems
My wife stopped a slow plough/gritter today and asked if he could turn into the car park/access area outside our houses only to be told `it's not on a bus route` when at the same time time the same driver is complaining about cars, those that would park in the very same area, parked on the road causing him problems tilleryvalleyboy

12:47pm Thu 24 Jan 13

Gw Ent says...

Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO!
Gwent does not exist. It was a failed local government experiment. Born 1974 to universal hatred. Died 1996 - SIXTEEN YEARS AGO! Gw Ent

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