Motorists urged to travel carefully through county

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HEAVY snow is falling across the county

Roads are becoming treacherous and there was a five-car pile up on the A27 west bound near Emsworth at 8.05am.

BLOCKED Hulbert Road, Waterlooville

BLOCKED Hulbert Road, Waterlooville

One lane has had to be closed as emergency services deal with the incident.

Southern and South West trains are running a revised timetable through Havant and Chichester.

Traffic is flowing very slowly on the A3 but there are fears that the Butser Hill cutting may soon become impassable.

Many schools are closed for today due to snow and ice making school sites dangerous.

First Bus has cancelled its services and Stagecoach said that while all its routes are running, services are facing delays.

Lucy Dibdin, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘Some areas are becoming treacherous, so motorists are being urged to drive carefully.

‘Snow is settling on Butser Hill, but it’s not significant at the moment.

‘We know there is a problem with that area, so please pass carefully.

‘We are still reminding people to only make journeys if needed.’

The Hayling Ferry is running today, but is expecting to run a reduced service.

Frida Edwards, the ferry’s owner, said many children got the ferry from Hayling to Eastney this morning, but schools are turning them back and they are going back to Hayling.

She said: ‘The ferry is okay. We are running. We expect a limited service because there’s nobody about.’

Meanwhile all outpatient appointments at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, have been cancelled.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, has released the following statement: ‘We would like to advise the public, patients and visitors that we have decided to cancel all outpatient clinics.

‘Please note that if it is safe and you can get in, you will be seen.

‘This decision was made partially because there are no buses running throughout Portsmouth.

‘The hospital’s first priority is the safety of its patients and would like to advise people to stay safe in the adverse weather conditions and not to travel out unnecessarily.

‘Gritters and snow ploughs are available for use on the hospital site and will grit the hospital’s roads and pathways where needed.

‘The Trust understands that in these conditions travelling may be dangerous, therefore it recognises that some patients with non urgent outpatient appointments may choose to reschedule them.’

To rearrange your appointment, contact the relevant department or call (023) 9228 6000.