Heavy snow brings havoc to the roads

HEAVY snowfall on Wednesday morning brought fresh chaos to the area.

Gritters from Lincolnshire County Council and Rutland County Council carried out their usual salting runs along the main routes on Tuesday night but snowfall in the early hours left the roads treacherous.

In Stamford, police were called to reports of a car in a hedge in Ryhall Road, Stamford, at about 7.20am on Wednesday and they also went to the A16 in Uffington after reports that lorries were sliding.

In Rutland, officers were called out to a car veering off the road near the civic amenities site in Burley Road, Cottesmore, and there was also reports of lorries getting into difficulties on the roads around the county.

Rutland County Council spokes-man Chris Jones said snow ploughs and farmers helped to clear the roads and added: “It doesn’t matter how much grit you put down if it snows again but we worked hard to clear the main routes.”

There was disruption to the town centre bus services and bin collections.

Lincolnshire County Council has pledged to keep the area moving and has used more salt so far this year than it did for the whole of the winter period last year.

And the pavements were also affected.

Pensioner Norman Knights, 81, of Gresley Drive, Stamford, who uses a walking stick, said High Street in Stamford was a “death trap”.

He said: “If I was a shopkeeper paying business rates and my customers had to walk up there ankle deep in slush I’d think it was an absolute disgrace.”

Stamford mayor David Brailsford said High Street had been gritted.

And the cold spell continued to affect the roads yesterday morning.

Police were called at 8.30am to two accidents in Deeping Road, Uffington, which involved a Land Rover Discovery and a Rover saloon.

The woman driver of the Rover saloon was taken to Peterborough City Hospital with minor injuries.

The icy weather caused chaos earlier in the week and on Monday night, a silver Renault Clio overturned in Wothorpe Road, Stamford at about 5.20pm. The driver wasn’t injured.

An accident at about 7am on Tuesday on the southbound carriageway of the A1 between Colsterworth and Honey Pot Lane involving a Transit van and a lorry caused five-mile tailback. The Transit driver and the passenger were taken to Peterborough City Hospital with minor injuries.

In the tailbacks there was another crash involving a Land Rover and a Renault Megane, which happened on the Great North Road, Colsterworth, at 7.20am. No-one was injured.