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#378132 - 6th Jan 2010 12:49am Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens
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Merseyside Police issue urgent warning to drivers after weather worsens



MERSEYSIDE Police has tonight issued an urgent weather alert - warning drivers of yet more treacherous conditions overnight.

With freezing conditions expected, the force is advising motorists not to make unnecessary journeys in the morning - and if you have to travel use the trains as buses are unlikely to be available.


The freezing conditions follow on from the extreme weather conditions experienced in the region today and conditions on the roads tomorrow are expected to be treacherous for both motorists and pedestrians.

Despite the conditions on the roads Merseyside Police is continuing to respond to emergency calls and officers would like to remind members of the public to only use the 999 number for emergencies only.

Some members of the public were calling 999 earlier this evening to complain about youths having snowball fights - instead those residents should call the Merseyside Police switchboard on 0151 709 6010.

Chief Superintendent Tony Doherty is advising people to avoid making journeys by road tomorrow morning unless absolutely necessary and if motorists do have to take to the roads they should drive with extreme care and caution.


He said: "Driving conditions caused severe congestion in Liverpool city centre and drivers in other parts of Merseyside also faced problems as they made their way home this evening.

"Weather forecasters have predicted that temperatures are likely to fall below freezing overnight and this is highly likely to create even more treacherous and icy conditions on the roads.

"There is a lot of snow and black ice on a lot of our roads throughout the region.

"Quite often black ice is not visible and drivers can find it difficult to control their cars.



"Our message is clear - don't drive unless you really have to.

"And if you do take to the roads give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination, be mindful of other cars on the road and be aware of the road conditions.

"Drivers should leave plenty of room between them and the car in front, drive slower than usual and use their gears to slow down where possible rather than their brakes, pay attention to the road traffic signs on the motorways and listen to local radio stations for regular traffic updates.



"Although local authorities will be gritting the main arterial routes overnight it is unlikely that the situation on the roads, particularly side streets, will improve over the next couple days.

"We would like to thank drivers for their continued patience and responsible driving during these extreme weather conditions."



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TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE ON THE ROADS DURING ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS



Before starting your journey fully defrost and clear the car windscreen and windows - do not leave the car unattended whilst you do this and do not leave the keys in the ignition if you are physically scraping the windows of ice

Ensure the screen wash is topped up, isn't frozen and the windscreen wipers and tyres are in good condition Leave more time for your journey

Drive slowly and carefully to take account of the icy conditions, leaving a good distance between your car and any vehicles in front of you

It can take ten times longer to stop in icy conditions than on a dry road

To brake on ice or snow without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently

Be prepared - dress in warm clothing, put a shovel in the boot of the car, and if you are going on a long journey a Thermos flask with a hot drink in and some food will help if you find yourself stuck in traffic for any length of time.

Drivers who break down should always call their breakdown service provider in the first instance, unless they believe they or other drivers may be at risk of harm

Away from the roads, people are also asked to check on the welfare of friends, family and neighbours who may be more vulnerable during the cold weather, especially the elderly

Pedestrians must take extra care too, especially those taking their children out, walking their dogs, listening to music players or talking on their mobile telephones.

You should make sure you are highly visible to other road users and take extra care when crossing busy roads.

Cross at zebra crossings or traffic lights, do not cross between parked cars Wear bright or light-coloured clothing or reflective strips, when walking in dusk or darkness



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#378141 - 6th Jan 2010 5:53am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: ]
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999 for snowballs?? Jeeze! Idiots.
Looks like were on lock-down then, any post i wonder?
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#378142 - 6th Jan 2010 6:58am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Just been out for a walk with the dog and conditions under foot are very dangerous, especially where the snow is compacted, its now turned to thick ice, same on the roads, the driving line is one continuous strip of ice. Definitely a day for staying in if you can.
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#378143 - 6th Jan 2010 7:02am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: bert1]
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There was post yesterday. Gotta take my hat off to the Royal Mail for continuing service in this weather, when the majority of other workers are trying desperately to use the snow as an excuse not to work.

Having said that though, I think we have agency postmen delivering here, they are always black and very African sounding. Either way though, quite impressed with them.

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#378146 - 6th Jan 2010 7:31am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: bert1]
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Originally Posted By: bert1
Just been out for a walk with the dog and conditions under foot are very dangerous, especially where the snow is compacted, its now turned to thick ice, same on the roads, the driving line is one continuous strip of ice. Definitely a day for staying in if you can.
i can imagine!! Yesterday evening took dogs out when the pavements were fluffy+ nice, crossing roads was awful though-like an ice rink. Dread to think whats it like today!' thankfully my co ordinator rang yesterday-all 'sessions' cancelled so am nt going over the door.
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#378151 - 6th Jan 2010 8:04am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: RUDEBOX]
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According to the BBC website, it will be sunny, with a high of 1 degree for the next few days.

The will be a light snow shower at 09:00 today and 03:00 tomorrow.

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#378152 - 6th Jan 2010 8:26am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: MattLFC]
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One of sonswho works on the trains managed to get to work for 4-45am this morning,they book on at there depot at Central station. He text me to say limited train service at present due to lot of train crews not been able to get to the depot for there normal starting times. An example of there problems is he was due to man the first train out from west kirby at 5.50am they did not get to the west kirby station till after 6am, so where then going to see if they could then get the first train out at 6.20
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#378156 - 6th Jan 2010 8:43am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: jimbob]
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On The TV Saying Rock Ferry By Pass Closed.

Last Night the Road up to the Traffic Lights from the Roundabout
at the Bottom of Mill Lane (Dock Road) is closed.

You can use the Roundabout, but you cant access mill lane
you would have to travel down to the bridges and head towards
the wallasey tunnel.

Good Luck if your on the roads.

1hr to get from wallasy last night.
It only takes me 45mins to walk it lol
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#378158 - 6th Jan 2010 8:50am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: MattLFC]
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Originally Posted By: MattLFC
There was post yesterday. Gotta take my hat off to the Royal Mail for continuing service in this weather, when the majority of other workers are trying desperately to use the snow as an excuse not to work.

Having said that though, I think we have agency postmen delivering here, they are always black and very African sounding. Either way though, quite impressed with them.


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#378169 - 6th Jan 2010 9:35am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: MerseyMan]
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#378174 - 6th Jan 2010 10:35am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Got the train in this morning on the Wirral line (about 6:30am) and it was all up and running ok walk to the station was amusing with one comical fall over leading to stuff being thrown everywhere.

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#378390 - 6th Jan 2010 9:41pm Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: ]
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birkenhead park no cars here!


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#378458 - 7th Jan 2010 8:47am Re: Warning to Drivers after Weather Worsens [Re: mel70]
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