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Two road closures are in place tonight following crashes involving lorries in Norfolk.

The A148 at Tattersett, near Fakenham, has been closed since 5pm as a result of a jackknifed lorry and the A143 at Harleston is also closed because of a jackknifed lorry at the Needham roundabout.

Officials at Norfolk County Council said it would have been “impossible” to have prevented today’s traffic chaos caused by the snow.

The commute home turned into a nightmare for several drivers after more snow showers brought main roads and to a standstill.

Officials from County Hall said gritters fitted with snow ploughs have been spreading salt on Norfolk’s 2,000 miles of priority routes 24/7 since Monday. However the sudden downpour this afternoon was too much to cope with.

Nick Tupper, highways maintenance manager, said: “With the snow falling as heavily as it did in the area between Holt, Cromer and Norwich in such a short space of time this afternoon, it has been impossible to prevent some roads becoming difficult to drive on but we can assure road users in Norfolk that our gritters have been working around the clock to get all highways moving again.”

“We will be sending all gritters back out onto the road when they return to the depots this evening but due to serious traffic delays in central parts of the county, we don’t know when the vehicles will return and therefore can’t guarantee the time of the next run. Our morning crews will be going on an additional run at midnight.”

“For the treatment to be effective we need a combination of the salt being laid down on the road but also the traffic moving the salt to allow it to be used to best effect and we take this into account when organising the gritting runs.

Traffic in Norwich city centre has eased off, although major routes out of Norwich continue to be congested.

The A11 Newmarket Road remains busy, particularly near the Daniels Road roundabout. Motorists say that traffic is moving, albeit very slowly as vehicles negotiate the snowy roads.

A Norfolk police spokesman said that an earlier accident on the A47 near the Norfolk Showground involved a jackknifed lorry.

There were no major injuries but the spokesman said that the knock-on effects included ambulances being delayed getting to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

A police spokesman said: “It has been absolute chaos on the roads, but we have had no reports of any major injuries. However, there were reports that babies had been stuck in cars for long periods, with some people stuck in cars for up to four hours.”

A spokesman for the hospital said that traffic had been leaving the hospital site very slowly but, as conditions improved slightly, many staff and visitors managed to go home after experiencing some delays. Some staff have opted to stay overnight and arrangements are being made for them to rest.

The hospital spokesman said: “We are working with Norfolk County Council and Norfolk police to clear the routes to and from the site. The area was gritted again between 4pm and 5pm and it will be treated later this evening.”

There were earlier reports of cars being abandoned on the B1149 at Corpusty and Saxthorpe, as vehicles heading in the Norwich direction were unable to get up a hill.

Earlier, three lorries jack-knifed on the A47 near Dereham, which led to long delays westbound at the A1075 South Green junction.

Heavy snow is also affecting train services to and from Norwich - with several trains cancelled including the 7pm London to Norwich. First Buses also suspended all its services due to heavy snow, untreated icy roads, accident traffic and road closures in Norwich.

Flights to and from Norwich International Airport are also suspended due to snow.

44 comments

  • Hmmm. Spent 3 hours on the A140 and saw no gritters. Road is sheet ice but never mind. We all knew it was going to snow heavy about lunchtime. Pity the powers in charge dont. Probably enjoying a free lunch somewhere

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    avrora

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Gritters on the road since early Monday morning!!! Funny that the roads were covered in snow and ice around Norwich at around 9pm last night as i entered the city on my way home. The main drag from Diss to Norwich hadnt been gritted either. Just exactly does out road tax go?

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    Darren Capel

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Whatever happened to pre-emptive? They knew this was coming and failed to act, its that simple. Where were people clearing the walkways in central Norwich? Not one person, everything was sheet ice. Council cannot even look after their own city, what a joke they are...

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    Dave B

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • last two comments are talking through their a**e. What caused the gridlock? Major arterial routes CLOSED in the city. Why were they closed? I asked the policeman. They were closed because they HADN'T BEEN GRITTED. Right from the policeman's mouth. I bet the last two commenters were warm and cozy at home, I was trying to carry out my normal routine. But as it took me 3 and a half hours to travel four miles through the city there wasn't much normal about it.

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    norwichred

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I think the gritting in Norfolk is at least as good as anywhere and better than most. The ammount of snow today could not be dealt with as there was just so much. People expect far too much and do not konw when they are well off. Give the gritting boys some credit for the great work they do.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • The problem today is caused by the overall lack of roadspace and the closure of too many roads in Norwich. One obstruction at a key point (e.g. Rose Lane) will cause gridlock, because of the lack of alternative routes. With the growth of the population in Norfok, there will be more traffic, not less, so we need more road space whether some people like it or not. The City Council must forget these ridiculous propsals for further road closures. If they don't', then remember this stupidity at the next elections and vote the rulers out. High Street traders are fighting for their live and anything which causes visitors undue hardship will prevent them fro working or shopping in the city centre.

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    broadsman

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Besides the usual crass "It's all the councils fault!" screaming, I think there has been some very good points made in these comments. Most significant is that the usual congestion, slowed by the snow, stops gritters carrying out their routes and the traffic moving fast enough to work the salt into the slush and melt it. Also impatient drivers wantonly block junctions and slow the traffic down to a halt. Perhaps what is needed is teams of workers manually shovelling salt onto trouble spots when gritters can't get there, Grapes and Ketts hills for example. Also Police officers stationed at junctions stopping people from blocking them. Of course with all the cutbacks, providing the manpower would be the issue. I hope all the whingers will be happy to agree to an increase in their council taxes to cover it!

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    Cyril the Canary

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • The silence from the council is deafening, too late is not good enough.

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    Dave B

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • What's needed perhaps is Police Officers at junctions stopping people from blocking them and teams of workers shovelling salt on to the trouble-spots, Farmers Avenue, Grapes Hill etc. Where the manpower would come from to do it, well there's the rub.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • On my way to work this afternoon it took me 3 hours from fifers lane to barrack street roundabout and would of took another 3 hours to get to trowse and had to turn back home this was a joke they said they was prepared for this they just don't get it right at all need to put more grit and salt on roads and this wouldtr of not been soioo bad but no they can onlyw use as little as they can just to save money bunch of idiots!!!!!!!

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    kevinb

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Stop ya whinging and get the sledges out and enjoy it

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    expat

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • main problem is standard of driving, some Norfolk people seem to have a panic attack when the white stuff appears and are over cautious and cause delays, then you have the idiots who enter junctions knowing they cannot clear them so causing gridlock

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    norfolko

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Great news. A diversion from worrying about Murphy, Borat, etc. They will be delighted! Can't afford grit - all the money's been spent on RAF Coltishall. Well Mr Capel, in the dim and distant past when the road tax was first introduced the revenue raised was spent 100% on the roads. In the modern era its about 10% goes back into roads!

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • main problem is standard of driving, some Norfolk people seem to have a panic attack when the white stuff appears and are over cautious and cause delays, then you have the idiots who enter junctions knowing they cannot clear them so causing gridlock

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    norfolko

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Some great comment on here today, I think the gritters do a fantastic job, without them we'd get nowhere so well done to them and thanks for all the hard work. I think as far as Norwich grid lock is concerned, you have to look at 3 things. 1 The location of Norwich, it's in a basin so you have to go up a hill or long slope to get out of the center. 2 All the services start and end in Norwich center (in the basin) so when the buses fail to get out of Norwich the county people call in cars to pick them up, they have little choice, this bring even more cars into the center. 3 The councils road planning department should take note, as they close more and more road space, or section off roads for bus priority routes, the cars simply have no options. so everything grinds to a halt. we can't controll the weather, not can we move Norwich out of the basin, but the transport and road planning could be much better. Move the start point of county routes to the park and ride point around the city which means the county buses don't get stuck in the city center, which will ease the load on the disapearing road space. Road planners stop and think about the growing City and what the people of this City need, and less about what you think will look good.

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    parkeg1

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • I'm going to keep whinging!! My sledge is at home and I cannot get there to enjoy it. What a stupid comment expat, GROW UP!!

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    becclesboy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • What a load of stupid remarks towards the gritter crews. A lot of you do not know anything about gritting and very cold temps. I for one take my hat off to the gritters ,they are doing the best they can, the rest of you need to take a bit of time and think if you know a better way to keep the roads open let the council know.

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    Rorping

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • The gritters were out okay, but the amount of salt being spread was minimal and had little or no affect.

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    Catton Man

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I agree with the comments that if only the muppets in the cars had sat tight and waited for the gritters to come out and then panicked about getting home to make snow balls and of course they have to learn to drive a car too which is more difficult in such a short space of time. There are certain junctions where with just a little moisture in the air the residents of Norwich demonstrate that they could never do a clean hill start.

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    George Ezekial

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • patronising or what?.

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    suzy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Three hours to travel 3 miles home from work tonight absolute chaos on the roads whether gritted or not! A bit of snow brings everywhere to a standstill WHY?

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    City Boy

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • So looking at your photos Blickling Hall can keep its grounds clear but Norfolk County Council with its' mass of resources cannot keep a city centre moving. Heads need to roll for this - it's happened before and no lessons have been learned. Can't wait for the County Council elections in May. A complete change is needed at County Hall.

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    David Pritchard

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • For those going on about "how much snow we had" (including the head honcho of Norfolk CC) - we had three inches. Only three inches.

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    norwichred

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • As usual people are quick to blame the council and gritters. What about the mass of people that paniced at the first sight of snow and immediatley tried to rush home 'to beat the rush'. The increase in traffic combined with quick coverage of snow caused the gridlock which is then made worse by people noticing it and joining in because everyone else has. And if the city is gridlocked how exactly are the gritters then supposed to move about and clear the roads? No wonder nobody has seen them because they are probably stuck in the same traffic as those who are complaining. If people had of continued their normal routines there more than likely wouldn't have been a problem, the gritters could have done their job but i guess that means there would be nothing to moan about

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    AdamD

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • May I suggest that the outgoing CEO of NCC is replaced by a snowblowing vehicle and more grit bins by roads and roundabouts..

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    nrg

    Wednesday, January 16, 2013

  • Norfolk county council fooked up again, someone tell them to put salt in the grit mix!!!!

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    Colby Army!

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I think the gritting in Norfolk is at least as good as anywhere and better than most. The ammount of snow today could not be dealt with as there was just so much. People expect far too much and do not konw when they are well off. Give the gritting boys some credit for the great work they do.

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    Johnny Norfolk

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Firstly i have to say i am a local boy now working in Madrid. However i have family in Norfolk and always read the edp rag on line. Has anyone thought about the warnings that went out last night? only travel if your journey is essential? did anyone carry out a risk assessment to safety before they embarked in their cars for the race home to build snowmen and throw snowballs? do anyone in Norfolk know how to drive in snow? do the government insist all drivers should learn to drive in snow? peoples take a step back and review the comments and the thoughts..... NO the council do get it wrong! it is not the gritter drivers fault, however everyone has a responsibility for themselves and hopefully for others. if you dont like it, stay off the roads. by the way, it is freezing cold but dry and sunny in Madrid. good luck i am back on Friday to face it like you lot!

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    JB

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Agree with all the criticism of the council. Woodcock Rd, Milecross lane, Aylsham Rd, Drayton Rd & Fakenham Rd next to ASDA all in chaos this afternoon. These are not side streets but well used main road. None of them gritted as far as i could see. Ridiculous and dangerous.

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    Lisa Lane

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I think the gritters do a great job but I have noticed over the last few years that the grit seems to have changed from the 'gritty' stuff to more of a powder. This means that though the grit goes on the road it soon moves to the edges if theres any wind at all. I expect there is some important reason why it changed.........

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    Mrs Meldrew

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Well, that police man would know wouldn't he. Like hell. Are you sure Norwichred that it WAS his mouth he was talking out of.

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    Rorping

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • the council have messed up again!to busy in their hot offices trying to keep awake instead of sending the gritters out. they are a joke!!

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    tonyb

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • The comments about drivers blocking junctions and roundabouts by entering them when they couldn't get clear pinpoints the reason for many of the delays. Duke Street was blocked solid by drivers selfishly doing just this whilst driving around the inner ring road. Get to St Augustines and Aylsham road and it was clear. I had to walk to the airport to get my car from the park and ride as the busses had been stopped. It was the only way!

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    NigelS

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Can't really see how the snow is the council's fault. I was stuck in traffic this afternoon - it took me two hours to get from the St ANdrews car park to Asda and much of the congestion was caused by muppets entering roundabouts and road junctions without making sure they were able to leave them thereby completely blocking them for other users.

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    Betty Swallocks

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • @tonyb - I don't think they were in their hot offices, I think they were out on their sledges enjoying it. Pity becclesboy couldn't join in - he left his at home.

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    expat

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Too many vehicles on what are rubbish roads.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • The gritters are stuck in the same traffic as everyone else... and slow moving traffic doesn't work in the saltgrit well enough. Problems on the A roads (mainly lorries?) lead to more traffic on the minor roads, and in the gridlock everything freezes. It's hard to see what else can be done but I'm sure all the moaners have the perfect solution up their sleeve. It's frustrating on the day but personally I'm quite glad my taxes aren't being spent on equipment and staff who are not needed for 49-50 weeks of the year.

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    littlesharpie

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Firstly i have to say i am a local boy now working in Madrid. However i have family in Norfolk and always read the edp rag on line. Has anyone thought about the warnings that went out last night? only travel if your journey is essential? did anyone carry out a risk assessment to safety before they embarked in their cars for the race home to build snowmen and throw snowballs? do anyone in Norfolk know how to drive in snow? do the government insist all drivers should learn to drive in snow? peoples take a step back and review the comments and the thoughts..... NO the council do get it wrong! it is not the gritter drivers fault, however everyone has a responsibility for themselves and hopefully for others. if you dont like it, stay off the roads. by the way, it is freezing cold but dry and sunny in Madrid. good luck i am back on Friday to face it like you lot!

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    JB

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Easy to blame the council however, i believe they did everything possible. gritters where out but due to the amount of snow that fell and the amount of traffic compacting it as it hit the roads, they where uneffective! I think drivers need to be educated in driving in these conditions, as it was the accidents that caused the congestions. People should ensure they have plenty of tread on there tyres, clean off ALL snow from their vehicles, if its left on the roof this can fall off and get compacted into the road causing ice patches. Also SLOW DOWN! I've witnessed so many drivers going way too fast for the conditions only to end up causing an accident and blocking the road off. Use abit of common sense, set off earlier to work, that's what they do in country's that have this kind of weather a lot! Remember high gear, low revs. If your wheels spin, set off in second gear!

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    Al Northern

    Thursday, January 17, 2013

  • It took me five hours to drive home along the northern ring road of Norwich this evening, I left work at 3.30 pm, but the road heading west had been gridlocked since lunchtime. I spotted gritters, three of them at separate intervals. This happens every few years, there's no rhyme or reason but everyone blames everyone else. Thanks to all those people who helped to push stuck cars, you were heroes tonight. On a separate note, it doesn't make me excited about a NDR when all I hear for five hours on the radio is how the Southern bypass is blocked in both directions!

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    Janice

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • I assume that all those people complaining about, other not doing a good enough job to keep the roads open and not being prepared for winter have taken steps to be prepared themselves? Things like correct tyres on their cars, correct kit in the car and they’ll clear all the snow from their car before setting off and they’ll give themselves more time to travel?

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    Jas

    Sunday, January 20, 2013

  • The snow we had this afternoon caused mayhem on the roads in catching the council out with the gritters, it was lethal. The roads into and around Diss were blocked and the A143 at Harleston was closed due to three jackknifed lorries. It took 3 hours to do 15 miles home from work, so much for trying to be clever and get away early!

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    Newuser07

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • Me thinks there should some investigation to why the N&N hospital was gridlocked today...and you,yes you.. the foreign security honcho...what a plonker!!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

  • De ja vue Norwich, a little snow and its gridlock, poor show council.

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    KeithS

    Tuesday, January 15, 2013

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