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Solihull 'still moving' despite heavy snow

SOLIHULL was buried beneath several inches of snow on Saturday and there’s no end in sight to the freezing conditions.

SOLIHULL was buried beneath several inches of snow on Saturday and there’s no end in sight to the freezing conditions.

The mercury dropped below -13c in some parts of the borough, causing problems for drivers and hitting the public-transport network.

Councillor David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport and highways, said it was “all hands to the deck”.

“The main roads and bus routes have been largely kept clear and from what I can see traffic is running,” he said.

“One of the problems we’re facing is that it’s getting so cold that the grit ceases to be effective.

“At just below zero it’s very effective, but it’s so cold in some parts that it will freeze.”

A Solihull Council spokesman said that gritting lorries had been out five-times over the weekend.

But road chiefs have reassured drivers that there’s no danger of salt running out - 3400 tonnes remain at the council depo.

Refuse collections were also cancelled today, with the council warning there may be a “limited service” all week.

Those flying away for Christmas were also hit by problems, with Birmingham Airport experiencing delays.

Yesterday (Sunday), a plane-load of passengers was stuck on the runway for seven-hours.

Paramedics boarded the Pakistan International Airlines flight, to Islambad, after some passengers suffered panic-attacks.

The airport said the sub-zero temperatures had affected their de-icing equipment.

There was also bad news for the shops, with the snowfall keeping many away from the town centre.

On Saturday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year, shoppers were scarce on the High Street.

Met Office experts said that it was most widespread snowfall since 1981 and more is forecast for later in the week.

In the meantime, the borough’s youngsters have been making the most of the weather - with families out in force in Elmdon Park.

*Send your pictures of Solihull in the snow to david_irwin@mrn.co.uk.

 

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