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Snow update


7.33am - Monday January 11 - School closures today

THE majority of schools have beaten the big freeze and opened today.

Ulverston Victoria High School was among many schools forced to close because of snow and ice last week.

Now UVHS assistant headteacher Roger Cahalin confirmed today the Springfield Road school would open.

But a number of schools in north Cumbria remain closed today.


8.45am - Friday January 8 - Schools closed in South Cumbria and Millom today ;

Ulverston Victoria High School

Sandside Lodge School, Ulverston

Chapel Street Infant and Nursery School, Dalton

Dalton St. Mary's CE Primary, Dalton

Our Lady Of The Rosary Catholic Primary in Dalton 

Lindale C E Primary School and Lindale Pre-School nursery

Sacred Heart Pre School, Barrow

Waberthwaite School

5.30pm Thursaday January 7- School closures for Friday January 8

Ulverston Victoria High School 

Sandside Lodge School, Ulverston

Chapel Street Infant and Nursery School, Dalton

Dalton St Mary's CE Primary School

Waberthwaite School, near Millom

Sacred Heart Pre-School, Barrow

Cumbria County Council said the list was expected to increase tomorrow morning.    


4.40pm- AN extra rubbish collection will take place in parts of Millom.
Some areas of the town, around Holborn Hill, only have their bins collected every fortnight.
But an extra collection will take place next week.
The service will replace the area’s usual garden collection, which has been cancelled.
The garden waste collection will resume in three weeks.
Residents around Holborn Hill are advised to put their bins out on the same day they would normally expect their collections to take place.
Residents who normally receive a weekly service can expect their usual collection.
Homeowners in Bootle had their bin collections cancelled today due to ice on the roads.
Copeland Borough Council, which runs the service, said the residents should bring their rubbish back to their homes and put it out again at the usual time.

10.35am - BIN collections have been suspended due to icy weather.

Refuse and recycling collections have been stopped in Barrow for the rest of the week.
Residents of the borough who have not yet had their rubbish collected this week, have been advised to take their bins back into their properties.
Collections are due to begin again in Dalton and Askam on Monday, Hawcoat and Hollow Lane in Barrow on Tuesday, Walney and Barrow Island on Wednesday, Hindpool on Thursday and Holbeck on Friday, weather permitting.
Barrow Borough Council, which runs the service, says fortnightly garden waste collections have been cancelled and will not take place for another two weeks.



7.11am Schools closed Thursday January 7

Sandside Lodge School (closed today and tomorrow)

Ulverston Victoria High School. (Year 11 parents evening is cancelled) 

Sacred Heart Pre-School, Barrow (off until Monday)

Victoria Infant and Nursery School- Oxford Street in Barrow 

Chapel Street Infant and Nursery School, Dalton

Our Lady of The Rosary Catholic Primary School, Dalton

Dalton St Mary's C OF E Primary School

Burlington CE Primary School, Kirkby  

Waberthwaite School

Low Furness C of E School, Great Urswick 

Lindal C of E Primary School and Lindale Pre-School nursery, near Grange

Schools which were provisionally open today (subject to a change in the weather conditions) are:

Askam village school.

John Ruskin School, Coniston 

St Mary's Catholic Primary, Ulverston.

Wednesday January 6 

10.10am: A fleet of gritters and trucks have been out on Cumbria’s minor roads in a bid to make hazardous icy roads safer in the current extreme winter conditions.

Cumbria County Council announced on Monday it was conserving its dwindling rock salt supplies by only treating priority routes.

Now county council chiefs today said it has started treating minor roads using sea washed stone chippings from a local Cumbrian supplier.

The vehicles spreading the chippings will also be replenishing the 9,500 salt heaps and grit bins located around the county.

The county council is aiming to revisit and replenish every single grit bin and salt heap by Sunday.

10am: Furness General Hospital, Westmorland General Hospital and Royal Lancaster Infirmary are open as normal today.

A hospital spokesman said all clinics are running as usual and they will contact patients individually if appointments need to be changed.

She said the the only patients whose outpatient appointments have been cancelled are  those who would have come to an outpatient appointment with North West Ambulance Service's Patient Transport. 

Further school closures

Allithwaite CE Primary School, near Grange
Dalton St Mary's CE Primary
St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary, Windermere
George Romney Junior School, Dalton

John Ruskin school, Coniston

Brisbane Park Infants School, Barrow

St Mary's Nursery and Infant School in Windermere,

The Lakes School
Sandside Lodge School, Ulverston
Victoria Junior School, Barrow
Newton School, Dalton
Coniston Primary
Parkview Nursery School, Millom

Road closures as of 7.00am Wednesday

A592 Kirkstone Pass Troutbeck
both ways between Green Gate and Greenside Road closed
A592 Cumbria - Kirkstone Pass closed due to snow between Green Gate and Greenside Road , in Troutbeck

The Struggle Ambleside
both ways between A592 Kirkstone Pass and Kirkstone Road closed
Cumbria - The Struggle closed due to ice and snow between A592 Kirkstone Pass and Kirkstone Road , in Ambleside

Corney Fell Road Waberthwaite
both ways between A595 and A595 closed
Cumbria - Corney Fell Road closed due to ice and snow between A595 and A595 , in Waberthwaite

Hardknott Pass Beckfoot
both ways at Hardknott Pass closed
Cumbria - Hardknott Pass closed due to ice and snow at Hardknott Pass , in Beckfoot

 6.30am: School closures for Wednesday 6th.

Millom School

Ulverston Victoria High School

Goodly Dale School - WindermereDowdales School, Dalton
Roose School, Barrow
Low Furness C of E Primary School, Urswick, Ulverston

Newbarns Primary School, Barrow in Furness

Pennington C of E Primary School, Ulverston

Grange over Sands Primary School and Grange over Sands Nursery school

St James C of E School Junior School, Barrow in Furness  

Windermere Church of England Junior School

Ireleth St Peter's School

Victoria Infants and Nursery, Barrow

St Paul's School, Barrow

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Ulverston

Broughton in Furness Primary School

Askam Village School

Our Lady of the Rosary School, Dalton

Chapel Street infants and nursery school, Dalton

Ambleside Primary

Lindal and Marton School

Waberthwaite School

Holy Family Catholic Primary, Barrow

Lindal playgroup

2.45pm: Bus services have been re-routed to avoid the Hawcoat housing estate in Barrow due to "compact ice" on the streets.

The roads on the estate are still open to public traffic but the one and two Stagecoach bus services are being diverted.

Residents have been asked to walk to the grounds of Furness General Hospital to catch the two services.

Services are now using the main roads near the Bayhorse Pub, in Hawcoat Lane, as an alternative route.

2pm: AN education awards ceremony had to be cancelled because of the treacherous weather conditions.

Barrow Sixth Form College has cancelled tonight's A-Level awards evening because of the snow and ice covered roads.

The evening was for ex-students who collected their A-Levels at the Rating Lane college in the summer.

Many are now at universities around the country and college leaders did not want them travelling in the bad weather conditions.
The college leaders have yet to discuss if there will be a ceremony on an alternative date.

Barrow Sixth Form College is open to its current students.

1pm: Part of A595 shut after lorry gets stuck in snow

A section of the A595 between Millom and Bootle was closed after a lorry got stuck in the snow.

Cars have been unable to pass the trapped lorry, next to the Fox and Goose at Whicham Valley, from 11.15am.

Police are in the process of recovering the vehicle and the road is expected to be open soon.

11am: Bus services rerouted following snow

The number one Stagecoach bus service to Furness General Hospital is running on the main roads but is not travelling down Keswick Avenue, Barrow. 

Passengers who normally catch the bus from that area are being urged to walk to the bus stops on the main roads.

Oxford Street in Barrow has now reopened following an accident at 9.12am today.

Police say two cars were involved in a collision with a Stagecoach bus.

No one was injured in the accident. The road was shut for an hour to allow it to be gritted and has now been reopened.

10.04am: Bus jack-knifes in Barrow

A single-decker Stagecoach bus has jack-knifed in Hawcoat Lane, Barrow. The bus is believed to have skidded on the snow and crashed into another vehicle and a wall. One passenger on the bus is reported to have suffered injuries and an ambulance was called. Police are currently working to recover the bus.


A686 Cumbria - Hartside Pass closed due to ice and snow between Alston and Melmerby, in Alston

A686 Cumbria - Hartside Pass closed due to snow between Melmerby and Alston in Melmerby

A66 Cumbria - Closed due to ice and snow between A685 and Scotch Corner in Brough

A6 Cumbria - Main Street closed due to ice and snow between Jackson's Lane and M6 J39, in Shap

A592 Cumbria - Kirkstone Pass closed due to snow between Green Gate and Greenside Road, in Troutbeck

A689 Cumbria - Closed due to snow between Nenthead and Killhope in Nenthead

B6276 Cumbria - New Road closed due to ice and snow between Bridge Street and B6277 in Brough

Wrynose Pass - Closed due to ice and snow between Little Langdale and Cockley Beck in Little Langdale

Honister Pass - Closed due to snow between Buttermere and Borrowdale in Buttermere

Corney Fell Road - Closed due to ice and snow between A595 and Waberthwaite

The Struggle  - Closed due to ice and snow between A592 Kirkstone Pass and Kirkstone Road in Ambleside

Hardknott Pass - Closed due to ice and snow at Hardknott Pass in Beckfoot


Delays of up to 30 minutes between Preston and Glasgow Central due to poor weather conditions.

Delays of up to 20 minutes between Carlisle and Glasgow Central due to poor weather conditions.

Schools closed elsewhere in Cumbria include; Crosby Ravensworth CE Primary School, Penrith, Lees Hill, CE School, Brampton, Fir Ends School, Smithfield, Shankhill Primary School, St Michael's CE Primary School, Dalston, Caldew School, Dalston, Trinity School,Carlisle, Kirkbampton CE Primary School, Carlisle, Allendale First School, Allendale Middle School, St Mary's CE Primary, Kirkby Lonsdale, Ullswater Community College, Skelton Primary School, St Thomas School, Kendal, Kirkbampton Primary School, Old Hutton school, near Kendal, St Mark's CE Primary School, Natland, Holme Cultram Abbey C of E School, Orton Primary School, Appleby Grammer School, Sandgate Special School in Kendal, Hayton Primary School near Brampton, Crosscrake Nursery & Primary School, Kendal, Bolton Primary School, Appleby, William Howard School, Brampton, Ivegill C of E school, Carlisle
Lanercost School, Brampton, Appleby Primary School, Warwick Bridge Primary School, Carlisle, High Hesket School, Carlisle,
Shap School.

*In South Cumbria Walney School is currently OPEN but the senior school may close early. Barrow's colleges, Furness College and Barrow Sixth Form College and Barrow Sixth Form College are both OPEN.
The bad weather also affected traffic.
Police reported that a HGV lorry was struggling to get up a hill at Lowick, near to Spark Bridge, at around 4.10am today. It managed to make its way up the hill after snow chains were fitted to the wheels.
And around 20 minutes later on the M6, between junctions 35 and 36, a wagon skidded into the central reservation.
Police said the driver was not injured.
Many parts of Furness were hit by snow last night. Around an inch of snow fell in Marton.
The snow was not as heavy in Barrow but it left many roads and pavements in the town slushy and slippery this morning.
The Met Office said Cumbria would be hit by more rain, sleet and snow today, leading to widespread ice on untreated surfaces.
The Met Office said snow showers were likely to become heavy at times and it urged the public to take care.
For regular weather updates, visit the Evening Mail’s website

*If you have a weather related story please call the Evening Mail newsdesk on 01229 840161 /840150/ 840151. Email your weather pictures and videos to

Have your say

I agree with scott, the same thing happened to my mother the other day. She was having her daily stroll around the garden when she fell, luckily super duncan was there to save her. And dont get me started on the late post, my phone line was cut off last week due to late mail, duncan would kill me if he found out. Living at kirksanton makes travelling hard in this weather and its a good job im not skint and got alot of petrol in my car unless i would be able to leave the house!

Posted by Roger Park on 8 January 2010 at 12:48

I agree with all the previous comments. the coucil are making a mockery of it, its a DISGRACE. I live in market street which is one of the longest streets in Millom. Our steph (not my bird) came round last night and fell flat on her face right outside my house, i walked past and i didnt even recognise her, i thought it was Natalie, what a caffufle it caused. Now she wont talk to me and to make things worse our Stef (not my bird) wont even answer my texts. I blame it all on the council and there shoddy gritting plan. Pies

Posted by scott fisher on 8 January 2010 at 11:20

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