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  • Schools have had to shut today again due to the severe winter weather.
  • Arriva and Carousel Buses are having problems with icy roads, with buses unable to reach certain areas on their routes - including High Wycombe.
  • Chiltern Railways is running a normal service but signal problems are causing delays to commuters.
  • Wycombe District Council has suspended all waste and recycling collections today, and all green waste collections have been suspended for the week.
  • Follow this live blog for all the latest on the roads, schools and other key information
  • Join in the coverage by commenting below and by following the BFP on Twitter using the hashtag #snowinbucks.
  • •Tell us what your roads are like and send us your snow pics via bfpnews@london.newsquest.co.uk or tweet @bucksfreepress

6:30pm

That brings to an end our live coverage of the #snowinbucks today. Check back on this website over the weekend for news, updates and information.

But - whether you're out and about enjoying the snow or trapped in your road by the white stuff - send us your wintery photos by emailing bfpnews@london.newsquest.co.uk or by tweeting us @bucksfreepress

6:25pm

Transport for Bucks says: "With predicted sub zero temperatures we will be doing a gritting run at 1800hrs tonight so that our primary routes remain clear for travel.
Twitter will be kept updated @tfbalerts, so follow us to receive up to date information."

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5:33pm

Beaconsfield and High Wycombe fire crews say they've not had to deal with any call outs due to the severe winter weather today.

5:25pm

For anyone intending to go to a public meeting at Wycombe District Council this week, this is the latest from officials there.

There are a couple of committee meetings including one on council tax.

"Bad weather may mean we need to cancel some meetings this week, but for now our scheduled meetings this week are currently still proposing to proceed as planned, although this will remain under constant review.

"For anyone proposing to attend a meeting we recommend checking our website www.wycombe.gov.uk or Twitter @wycombedc for the latest information."

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5:06pm

Latest on bus disruptions

Arriva High Wycombe Depot

All routes operating normally with the following exceptions

  • 31 Downley - High Wycombe - Penn: Not serving Telford Way or Tinkers Wood Road
  • 48 Lane End - High Wycombe - Great Missenden: Not serving Georges Hill
  • 62 Pond Park - Chesham - High Wycombe: Not serving Pond Park

All other Arriva services running from High Wycombe running normal route.


Arriva Aylesbury

  • 2 Aylesbury - Haydon Hill: Now serving full route
  • 4 The Coppice - Aylesbury - Stoke Mandeville Hospital: Service running to Stoke Mandeville hospital, not serving Elmhurst and Coppice. Serving Hawkslade on return leg to town only.
  • 9 Bedgrove - Aylesbury - Stoke Mandeville Hospital: Serving Hawkslade on return journeys to town only
  • 16 Aylesbury - Waddesdon - Steeple Claydon/Marsh Gibbon: now running normal line of route with extreme caution
  • 50 Aylesbury - RAF Halton: Now running normal line of route
  • 60 Aylesbury - Buckingham/Maids Moreton: NOT serving Maids Moreton, Terminating at Buckingham but otherwise attempting full route with caution
  • 70 Milton Keynes - Leighton Buzzard - Luton Operating via Leighton Buzzard By-Pass and Stanbridge Road
  • 110 Aylesbury - Thame: NOT serving Cuddington, Chearsley or Worminghall
  • 200/280 Aylesbury - Oxford:  Now operating normal line of route.

All other Arriva services running from Aylesbury running normal route.

 

Carousel Buses

28/A/C High Wycombe - Lane End/Stokenchurch: Unable to serve Deeds Grove, Shelley Road

38 High Wycombe - Deeds Grove: Suspended

39 High Wycombe - Hicks Farm Rise - Hillary Road: Not able to serve Roebuck Ave Hollis Rd and Hillary Rd

306 High Wycombe - Totteridge Road: Suspended

577 Hazlemere - Beaconsfield: Unable to serve Cedar Avenue

Other Carousel services currently running to their normal route and timetable.

4:42pm

According to Hazlemere weather forecaster Jim Dale there is a low chance of more snow in the next few days.

A small possibility tomorrow evening but no more than that.

However, temperatures will get even lower.

Full report to come soon.

 

4:41pm

Photos show how Wanderers made sure their game went ahead on Saturday...
 

4:28pm

TWO schools have announced they will be shut tomorrow, with more changing their hours.

See HERE for latest list.

4:04pm

3:56pm

Latest from council regarding bus disruption...

Carousel Buses

  • 28/A/C High Wycombe - Lane End/Stokenchurch: Unable to serve Deeds Grove, Shelley Road
  • 38 High Wycombe - Deeds Grove: Suspended
  • 39 High Wycombe - Hicks Farm Rise - Hillary Road: Not able to serve Roebuck Ave Hollis Rd and Hillary Rd
  • 306 High Wycombe - Totteridge Road: Suspended
  • 577 Hazlemere - Beaconsfield: Unable to serve Cedar Avenue

Other Carousel services currently running to their normal route and timetable.

3:53pm

More wildlife advice from RSPCA for helping the furry creatures living in your garden...

"Winter can also be challenging for birds, hedgehogs, squirrels. Every year between one and two thousand wild animals are brought into RSPCA wildlife centres in December, January and February suffering from dehydration, hunger and cold.

"Last year, there were nearly 500 in December alone.

"But there are Making your garden wildlife-friendly; maintaining your garden pond and leaving out food and fresh, clean unfrozen water can make all the difference to how well wild animals survive the colder months.

“Taking action early really can make the difference to animals,” said Sophie Hacking, RSPCA companion animal scientist.

“We are mostly a nation of animal lovers, and many people will happily go that extra mile."

3:31pm

Latest from council regarding bus disruption...

Arriva High Wycombe Depot

All routes operating normally with the following exceptions:

•31 Downley - High Wycombe - Penn: Not serving Telford Way or Tinkers Wood Road
•48 Lane End - High Wycombe - Great Missenden: Not serving Georges Hill
•62 Pond Park - Chesham - High Wycombe: Not serving Pond Park

All other Arriva services running from High Wycombe running normal route.


Arriva Aylesbury

  • 2 Aylesbury - Haydon Hill: Now serving full route
  • 4 The Coppice - Aylesbury - Stoke Mandeville Hospital: Service running to Stoke Mandeville hospital, not serving Elmhurst and Coppice. Serving Hawkslade on return leg to town only.
  • 9 Bedgrove - Aylesbury - Stoke Mandeville Hospital: Serving Hawkslade on return journeys to town only
  • 16 Aylesbury - Waddesdon - Steeple Claydon/Marsh Gibbon: now running normal line of route with extreme caution
  • 50 Aylesbury - RAF Halton: Now running normal line of route
  • 60 Aylesbury - Buckingham/Maids Moreton: NOT serving Maids Moreton, Terminating at Buckingham but otherwise attempting full route with caution
  • 70 Milton Keynes - Leighton Buzzard - Luton Operating via Leighton Buzzard By-Pass and Stanbridge Road
  • 110 Aylesbury - Thame: NOT serving Cuddington, Chearsley or Worminghall
  • 200/280 Aylesbury - Oxford:  Now operating normal line of route.


All other Arriva services running from Aylesbury running normal route.

3:28pm

3:17pm

It's not just people that suffer in the freezing conditions, the RSPCA is reminding us this afternoon.

The charity is offering advice on helping animals during the cold snap.

Wildlife expert Nicola Cunningham said: “Sometimes it is the small things that can make all the difference.

“A little bit of extra food left out for a hungry robin or badger may be the help it needs to last through a spate of frosty weather, and just melting a small hole in your garden pond can make all the difference.

“We can all struggle when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and our wildlife friends are often the most vulnerable to the extremes the elements take. They just need a bit of a helping hand sometimes.”

3:12pm

2:55pm Mon 21 Jan 13

The Nomad says

people need to work together to clear side roads as it would get done quicker

I have just seen one man clear one side of Hawthorne Road of ice and snow so that everyone can use the road!

3:09pm

3:05pm

Latest Met Office forecast maps indicate no more snow in the next 48 hours but this is already a change from earlier and we all know how quickly forecasts can change...

3:02pm

CARE workers from Beaconsfield have been put on ‘red alert’ to help vulnerable residents who may be trapped in their homes by snow.

Read more HERE

3:00pm

Some readers aren't too happy with the state of the pavements and pathways out there.

Here's what a couple are saying:

Steven Stevie P Pringle said: "I cant drive I have to walk everywhere. The pavements TERRIBLE go ten yards out of the town centre and you have to walk on the road. Can I sue the council if I injure myself on the way to work?"

Gen Watkins said: "back roads in Downly aren't good at all and v selfish pple are leaving there cars on the main roads, not because they have broken down but so they can park and walk from where they live! Hope they get tickets tbh or their parked cars get driven into!"

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2:49pm

Rubbish collections are being affected today and for later in the week, it seems.

The following are statements from the three south bucks district councils today:

Wycombe District Council

"Due to the icy roads and footpaths, all waste and recycling collections are suspended today (Monday 21 January). We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. If your bins and boxes are out for collection, please leave them out and our contractor will catch up with collections as soon as it is safe to do so.

"All green waste collections continue to be suspended this week.

"For real-time updates, follow us on Twitter @wycombedc.

"See our winter safety page for more winter weather advice."

Chiltern District Council

"Due to the untreated side roads and footpaths collections have been severely disrupted. There is a limited service currently operating throughout the district. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

"If your bins and boxes are out for collection, please leave them out and our contractor will catch up with collections as soon as it is safe to do so. The Green Waste Collections are suspended until further notice, while we concentrate on collections of black sacks and black bins."

 

South Bucks District Council

"Refuse and recycling vehicles are out in the District carrying out collections where it is safe to do so, however disruption to the service is expected. If your refuse isn't collected today it will be collected on your next due collection day.

"For those residents with wheelie bins, any bins left out for collection i.e. black or green will be collected next week. 

"Please put your refuse and recycling out at your property boundary by 7am as normal and ensure that your refuse is clearly visible and isn’t hidden behind gates and hedges as it may be collected it when it is dark.
 
"If your collection is missed today, please don't leave your refuse out as it may attract animals.

"The Council will do all it can to ensure as many properties as possible have their waste collected during inclement weather. To assist collections and to minimise disruption refuse vehicles have been fitted with winter tyres and crews have crampons for their shoes, and the Council continues to work with Transport for Buckinghamshire to keep roads accessible.

"The safety of residents and collection crews remain a priority and where a street is not safe to enter due to snow or ice we may be unable to collect refuse or recycling.

"Biffa’s Inclement Weather Line on 01494 762454 will be updated by 7.30am each morning in the case of any potential disruption. Updates will be posted on the home page of the Council’s website www.southbucks.gov.uk by 9.30am and during the day if required to inform residents of any disruptions and residents are advised to check it regularly.

"Residents can also stay informed on changes to collection dates and other useful information by signing up for email alerts. Just email environment@southbucks.gov.uk with 'e-mail alerts' in the subject line and we will include you in future updates."

2:38pm

 

Via the BFP's Facebook page, more readers on the gritting situation where they are:

Kay Poland said: " As my husband is a gritter driver i know first hand he has spent a hell of alot of hours gritting and ploughing as have the rest of the lads so well done to you all and the grit will only do so much once fresh snow lays,my only question is where the hell is Oakland way on the gritting route as it is a main bus route ?"

Michael Tinton Adequate said: " I would say, left untill the last minute, they should grit more often."

Parvez Mahtey said: "And why do we not have more grit bins in accident hot spots.....what are we paying our council tax for.....who is in charge...."

Michael Tinton said: "Why do the gritters seem to wait untill the snow blocks roads when they should be taking a pre-emptive approach so the roads don't block in the first place, we haven't really had that much snow, its almost as if the salt is being rationed, (i could be wrong)"

Natalie McCarthy said: " We need grit bins on Garratts Way."

2:36pm

2:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13

whingefree says

cezyboo wrote:
I agree with Kris, I have just helped our school clear the snow and ice off of the road, pavements and inside. I'm not sure how it stands if you are to clear an area, someone falls and claims. Not sure if thats a myth?? If all residents did a little bit, it would be a lot clearer. Like you say people just think someone else will do it.....We have to do things like they did years ago...as a community. We are quite lucky where we are, but I know some aren't.
You are allowed to clear sonw from public spaces, as long as you take care. The government encourage you to do it and have even published guidelines. It is a myth that you can't do it, or that you can get sued.

Just follow the 'snow code'!

http://www.transport
forbucks.net/Winter-
maintenance/Clearing
-snow-and-ice-yourse
lf.aspx

http://www.metoffice
.gov.uk/learning/get
-ready-for-winter/ou
t-and-about/the-snow
-code

2:00pm

1:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

cezyboo says

I agree with Kris, I have just helped our school clear the snow and ice off of the road, pavements and inside. I'm not sure how it stands if you are to clear an area, someone falls and claims. Not sure if thats a myth?? If all residents did a little bit, it would be a lot clearer. Like you say people just think someone else will do it.....We have to do things like they did years ago...as a community. We are quite lucky where we are, but I know some aren't.

1:48pm

 

More comments from readers via Facebook on the pavements, roads and pathways and how they are looking today...

Sarah Oluwole said: "Wish they would do side roads, whts the point in doing mainroads if people cant get to them."

Beth Yorath said: "Not bad - we're on a side road though so no gritting directly on us. I am a bit addicted to the BCC gritting map thing though... I think that's great."

Parvez Mahtey Arnison said: "Arnison avenue and walton drive....an absolute joke....no grit....or gritters anywhere."

Courtney-Rachelle Qpr Akerman said: "Main roads good but side roads - are these forgotten! That's the main reason many many people can't get out."

Andie King Ha said: "The council basically ignore those of us living off Garretts Way and never even answer queries about putting salt bins at regular intervals along the road and cul-de-sacs. The council are beyond useless!!"

1:40pm

Bus disruption latest from county council...

Carousel Buses

  • 28/A/C High Wycombe - Lane End/Stokenchurch: Unable to serve Deeds Grove, Shelley Road
  • 38 High Wycombe - Deeds Grove: Suspended
  • 39 High Wycombe - Hicks Farm Rise - Hillary Road: Not able to serve Roebuck Ave Hollis Rd and Hillary Rd
  • 306 High Wycombe - Totteridge Road: Suspended
  • 577 Hazlemere - Beaconsfield: Unable to serve Cedar Avenue
  • Other Carousel services currently running to their normal route and timetable.

1:32pm

More comments from readers via Facebook on the pavements, roads and pathways and how they are looking today...

 

Adela Louise Hollingsworth said: " Marlow main roads are good. Side roads not so much, but its melting slowly!!!"

Ellen O'Reilly said: "London road clear but side roads are not."

 

Caroline Corsinie said: "Main roads are good but side roads are bad. Did see the gritters out and much better this year.

 

Darren Manley said: "Not good do all the big road the small ones just leve i was out till late last night griting sume of them wive my land rover but then thay will start saying that 4x4 and bad and made it snow."

 

Dawn Gibson Ellis said: "They gritted gayhurst rd and they re filled our salt box after someone stole all last week. Well done BCC Transport great job."

1:30pm

More on bus disruption.

Arriva services from Aylesbury

  • 2 Aylesbury - Haydon Hill: Now serving full route
  • 4 The Coppice - Aylesbury - Stoke Mandeville Hospital: Service running to Stoke Mandeville hospital, not serving Elmhurst and Coppice. Serving Hawkslade on return leg to town only.
  • 9 Bedgrove - Aylesbury - Stoke Mandeville Hospital: Serving Hawkslade on return journeys to town only
  • 16 Aylesbury - Waddesdon - Steeple Claydon/Marsh Gibbon: now running normal line of route with extreme caution
  • 50 Aylesbury - RAF Halton: Now running normal line of route
  • 60 Aylesbury - Buckingham/Maids Moreton: NOT serving Maids Moreton, Terminating at Buckingham but otherwise attempting full route with caution
  • 110 Aylesbury - Thame: NOT serving Cuddington, Chearsley or Worminghall
  • 200/280 Aylesbury - Oxford:  Not serving Wheatley Church


 

All other Arriva services running from Aylesbury running normal route.

1:28pm

Abigail Ramcharran said on the BFP Facebook page: "Main roads to Lane End. Brilliant job I must say. Family still stuff at home as Ripley Close road needs to be cleared. They gritted the other side road Gandon Vale and left Ripley. Not good!."

1:26pm

Via our Facebook page readers have been having their say on the state of the roads and pavements...

Darren Hayday said: "I think that they have done a good job so far for the main roads but not good for the side roads! - also why close so many schools???"

Natalie McCarthy said: "Garratts Way is awful as usual. Main roads good though."

1:20pm

You Tube users have been uploading their snow videos over the weekend including this one, which shows various scenes around Gerrards Cross...HERE

 

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1:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Kris S says

These are not severe weather conditions. 2 foot of snow,-10 degrees and snow drifts, that would be severe.Having said this, the roads might be clear,but what about the pavements?
In Wycombe the side roads are passable but pavements resemble an icerink.
Perhaps if CC would be able to clear car and pedestrian access to schools than we would not have such a problem.
A lot of times I have seen the gritters but not using the ploughs attached.
Why do people find it so difficult to their little bit by clearing the pavement outside their homes? It seems a lot of people moan, do nothing themselves and wait for everybody else to do it for them.

Do you agree with Kris? Leave your comments below.

1:09pm

Latest information from the county council on bus disruption...

At Arriva's High Wycombe Depot

All routes operating normally with the following exceptions:

  • 31 Downley - High Wycombe - Penn: Not serving Telford Way or Tinkers Wood Road
  • 48 Lane End - High Wycombe - Great Missenden: Not serving Georges Hill
  • 62 Pond Park - Chesham - High Wycombe: Not serving Pond Park

All other Arriva services running from High Wycombe running normal route.

1:05pm

Gritting update

Bucks County Council's transport team have had this to say today:

"The 0400 gritting run has worked well this morning with main routes all running well.

"Road surface temperatures will remain around or below zero throughout the forecast period.

"Our work teams will today be concentrating on helping to grit town centres if required and topping up salt bins across the County.

"Highway Inspectors will be scouting the network to ensure the salt we have put down is working well and all main routes are passable.

"The next planned run will be early evening subject to continued monitoring."


Follow @tfbalerts on twitter for updates.

See gritters on the map HERE

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12:58pm

We're asking readers how the roads are in your area.

How was your journey to work? Which roads are you having trouble with?

Do you think the council has done a good job with the gritting operation?

Leave your comments below and join the discussion on twitter using #snowinbucks

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1:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Kris S says...

These are not severe weather conditions. 2 foot of snow,-10 degrees and snow drifts, that would be severe.Having said this, the roads might be clear,but what about the pavements?
In Wycombe the side roads are passable but pavements resemble an icerink.
Perhaps if CC would be able to clear car and pedestrian access to schools than we would not have such a problem.
A lot of times I have seen the gritters but not using the ploughs attached.
Why do people find it so difficult to their little bit by clearing the pavement outside their homes? It seems a lot of people moan, do nothing themselves and wait for everybody else to do it for them.
These are not severe weather conditions. 2 foot of snow,-10 degrees and snow drifts, that would be severe.Having said this, the roads might be clear,but what about the pavements? In Wycombe the side roads are passable but pavements resemble an icerink. Perhaps if CC would be able to clear car and pedestrian access to schools than we would not have such a problem. A lot of times I have seen the gritters but not using the ploughs attached. Why do people find it so difficult to their little bit by clearing the pavement outside their homes? It seems a lot of people moan, do nothing themselves and wait for everybody else to do it for them. Kris S
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1:20pm Mon 21 Jan 13

cezyboo says...

I agree with Kris, I have just helped our school clear the snow and ice off of the road, pavements and inside. I'm not sure how it stands if you are to clear an area, someone falls and claims. Not sure if thats a myth?? If all residents did a little bit, it would be a lot clearer. Like you say people just think someone else will do it.....We have to do things like they did years ago...as a community. We are quite lucky where we are, but I know some aren't.
I agree with Kris, I have just helped our school clear the snow and ice off of the road, pavements and inside. I'm not sure how it stands if you are to clear an area, someone falls and claims. Not sure if thats a myth?? If all residents did a little bit, it would be a lot clearer. Like you say people just think someone else will do it.....We have to do things like they did years ago...as a community. We are quite lucky where we are, but I know some aren't. cezyboo
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2:09pm Mon 21 Jan 13

whingefree says...

cezyboo wrote:
I agree with Kris, I have just helped our school clear the snow and ice off of the road, pavements and inside. I'm not sure how it stands if you are to clear an area, someone falls and claims. Not sure if thats a myth?? If all residents did a little bit, it would be a lot clearer. Like you say people just think someone else will do it.....We have to do things like they did years ago...as a community. We are quite lucky where we are, but I know some aren't.
You are allowed to clear sonw from public spaces, as long as you take care. The government encourage you to do it and have even published guidelines. It is a myth that you can't do it, or that you can get sued.

Just follow the 'snow code'!

http://www.transport
forbucks.net/Winter-
maintenance/Clearing
-snow-and-ice-yourse
lf.aspx

http://www.metoffice
.gov.uk/learning/get
-ready-for-winter/ou
t-and-about/the-snow
-code
[quote][p][bold]cezyboo[/bold] wrote: I agree with Kris, I have just helped our school clear the snow and ice off of the road, pavements and inside. I'm not sure how it stands if you are to clear an area, someone falls and claims. Not sure if thats a myth?? If all residents did a little bit, it would be a lot clearer. Like you say people just think someone else will do it.....We have to do things like they did years ago...as a community. We are quite lucky where we are, but I know some aren't.[/p][/quote]You are allowed to clear sonw from public spaces, as long as you take care. The government encourage you to do it and have even published guidelines. It is a myth that you can't do it, or that you can get sued. Just follow the 'snow code'! http://www.transport forbucks.net/Winter- maintenance/Clearing -snow-and-ice-yourse lf.aspx http://www.metoffice .gov.uk/learning/get -ready-for-winter/ou t-and-about/the-snow -code whingefree
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2:55pm Mon 21 Jan 13

The Nomad says...

people need to work together to clear side roads as it would get done quicker

I have just seen one man clear one side of Hawthorne Road of ice and snow so that everyone can use the road!
people need to work together to clear side roads as it would get done quicker I have just seen one man clear one side of Hawthorne Road of ice and snow so that everyone can use the road! The Nomad
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3:43pm Mon 21 Jan 13

EssexBlur says...

For the love of everything Holy people, it's Winter. Get a freaking grip.

What do you expect to fall from the skies? Burgers?
For the love of everything Holy people, it's Winter. Get a freaking grip. What do you expect to fall from the skies? Burgers? EssexBlur
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