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Medway gets moving after a snowy Sunday

The view from Upnor, taken by Jonathan Nunn
The view from Upnor, taken by Jonathan Nunn

Jonathan Nunn took this picture from Upnor Hill

Medway is getting moving again after yesterday's heavy snowfall but train services are affected and many schools are closed.

Train services across the network have been delayed or cancelled as Network Rail battles to clear lines.

Trains throughout the morning were affected, including ones from Gillingham.

Southeastern yesterday said it would be running a regular timetable today, but cancelling some early morning services.

That was so those carriages could be used to run longer trains, making them potentially less likely to fail.

A spokesman said: “Despite Network Rail’s best efforts overnight to clear the tracks, ice on the conductor rail is causing problems for services on some routes.

"We’re dependent on the rails being cleared to run a train service for customers. We apologise to anyone caught up in delays and thank them for their patience”

The company advises passengers to check how trains are running before leaving home, and to leave extra time for their journeys.

On the roads, Arriva buses said all services are running except for the Hoo School buses. A spokesman said all services might be subject to delays as a result of caution having to be taken.

Meanwhile, several schools are closed across Medway this morning, with youngsters set to make the most of the big freeze to build snowmen and throw snowballs.

Rhys age 4 with his snowman, built in Lordswood
Rhys age 4 with his snowman, built in Lordswood

Rhys age four with his snowman in Lordswood

Schools closed include Strood Academy, Greenacre in Chatham and Brompton Academy and The Howard in Rainham.

For more details on school closures, visit www.kentschoolclosures.co.uk

No adult education classes will be running today at council centres across Medway.

A snowy scene at Rede Common, Strood, taken by Robert Westwood
A snowy scene at Rede Common, Strood, taken by Robert Westwood

Council’s gritters have been out again overnight treating the area’s primary and secondary routes.

The teams have worked around the clock throughout the weekend due to the snow and icy conditions.

And last night Medway’s eight gritting lorries started another run at 4am, treating the more than 335 miles of primary and secondary roads in the council area.

Once these are completed, the teams will move onto the third tier network of roads in Medway.

All priority 1 and 2 car parks are being treated as well, once the main roads are gritted.

In addition to this, the council’s contractors have been treating town centre pavements from 7am.

Rede Common, Strood, taken by Robert Westwood

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