Drivers urged to be cautious on journey home

Heavy snow in Rowner Gosport.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13152-16)
Heavy snow in Rowner Gosport.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13152-16)
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DRIVERS are being urged to leave plenty of time for their journeys home and to ensure routes have been planned carefully.

The message comes from Hampshire Constabulary as heavy snowfall has covered most of the county.

As people prepare to leave work, the following advice has been issued.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: ‘Following today’s snowfall the advice from the police, to those travelling this evening, is to leave more time for your journey home and plan your route carefully.

‘Congestion is likely on routes as traffic will be moving slowly. However, all major trunk roads have been gritted and the local authorities will be operating gritters throughout the night and in to tomorrow.

‘Minor roads may present some difficulties but are passable with care. All motorists waiting in traffic congestion are strongly urged to remain with their vehicles and please be patient.

‘With the temperatures remaining low, conditions are likely to turn icy tonight and tomorrow.

‘If you are unsure about driving in these conditions consider using public transport, bus services are returning to limited operations.’

Earlier today First bus had suspended all services in Portsmouth.

But the following routes are now running a revised service:

0 – reduced timetable

1 – reduced timetable

2 – not serving QA or northern Paulsgrove

3 – not serving QA or Fareham East Street

X4 – between Gunwharf and Fareham only

7 – reduced timetable, not serving Eagle Avenue

8 – reduced timetable, not serving Hazelton Way

X9 – main roads only

11 – not serving Weevil Lane

13 – reduced timetable

Meanwhile Stagecoach is also running a revised bus timetable:

Route 20 is operating between Southsea and Cosham only.

Route 21 is following normal route from Portsmouth to Farlington Forty Acres then via the A27 to Havant. It will then operate via Petersfield Road to Staunton Country Park then as normal to Park Lane, Bedhampton and returning to Havant via Havant Road.

Route 23 operating as normal between Southsea and Farlington, Forty Acres then via the A27 to Havant and not serving Bedhampton. Buses to Leigh Park are operating normally to The Swallow PH then via Middle Park Way and Purbrook Way back to Park Parade roundabout and returning to Havant via normal route.

Routes 30/31 are subject to significant delays and cannot serve Sandy Point.

Route 37 is operating between Havant and Horndean only but cannot serve South Downs College or Crookhorn.

Route 38 is suspended.

Route 39 is operating its normal route between Havant and Park Parade roundabout but then diverting along Purbrook Way. It is unable to serve South Downs College or Crookhorn but then resuming normal route to Waterlooville at Crookhorn Corner. On journeys from Wecock Farm, the above diversion applies but is also unable to serve Mill Rd, Elizabeth and Westbrook Grove so is operating via London Road, Purbrook and Ladybridge Road.

Route 700 is subject to delays due to poor road conditions.

Trains are running, but will also be on a reduced timetable.

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Weathermen predicted temeratures would drop to around -4C overnight, with snow showers during the early hours.