LOCAL NEWS UPDATE 2/3/2018
Written by Tristan Bishop-Smith on 2 March, 2018
BIG FREEZE SET TO RELEASE ITS GRIP
At least another two days of the big freeze are expected in Norfolk and Suffolk.
Some more snow falls, ice and freezing temperatures are forecast to continue over the weekend although daytime temperatures could rise to 5 degrees PLUS on Sunday.
And from Monday, the daytime will be slightly milder between 5 and 7 degrees but night-time lows will still be around zero.
The chaos continued yesterday with many schools closed many roads blocked or impassable and train services decimated by the conditions.
It’s not expected that conditions will improve much today and police advise people to stay safe and warm inside and go out only in an emergency. They say there are reports of three to four foot snowdrifts across Norfolk.
WEATHER RELATED INCIDENTS
Yesterday the A140 was blocked by snowdrifts especially in the Pulham and Scole areas local farmers tried to help with tractors before a snow plough arrived.
And a Tivetshall pub and hotel, The Old Ram has been offering emergency workers refuge while they helped to free trapped vehicles nearby on the A140.
A nine-foot snowdrift blocked the Norwich to London railway line for a time between Diss and Norwich before it was eventually cleared and services were able to resume.
ROUNDABOUT PUBLIC CONSULTATION
A public consultation has started on plans for a new roundabout to replace a dangerous accident blackspot on the A140.
Norfolk county council wants to get views from the public for the £4.3 million scheme….to replace the Hempnall crossroads on the busy main road.
The council has already secured £3 million of government grants for the project and it’s hoped building can start next year for an opening in early summer 2020.
Several accidents have taken place in recent years on the staggered crossroads linking Hempnall with Tasburgh and Wymondham over the main road.