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Tuesday Traffic, Travel and Weather

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The snows seemed to have missed Thurrock overnight.

But there is still a long week ahead with temperatures below freezing between Tuesday and Friday.

Schools and colleges are reporting they are open.

Here are details of C2C limited timetable


There are long delays on the M2 in Kent between J7 (Canterbury / Faversham (E)) and J5 (Sittingbourne / Maidstone) due to severe weather conditions.

There is slow moving traffic through this section. Approximately 80 minutes above normal journey time.

Road users are advised to consider alternative routes and allow additional time for their journeys.

FYI. Below is a detailed press release from Kent County Council which covers all bases south of the river.

Kent County Council is preparing for a “snow emergency” as the Beast from the East sweeps across the county.

The council said all of its resources will be focused on keeping the highways salted and clear this evening as parts of the country prepare for freezing temperatures.

“All of our resources will be focused on keeping the highways salted, clear and safe,” a spokeswoman said

“We will be treating all primary routes throughout each day but we do not clear footpaths or side roads.

“Salt bins are provided at key locations for you to use to clear the roads where it is safe to do so.

“We would ask that you only call us in an emergency and report non-urgent issues on our reporting tool. Please be aware that it may take us longer than usual to deal with non-emergency issues”.

The “Beast from the East” is expected to bring more than 20cm of snow expected to settle by Wednesday.

KCC Highways said roads would be below freezing point by 5pm as the Met Office issued a Amber warning for A Met Office amber weather warning for the east of England, London and South East of England.

Peter Oakford, KCC cabinet member for public health, said: “It is vital that during this prolonged period of severe weather, people act to keep themselves and their home warm – even if this is just by heating the bedroom and living room.

“We’re also urging people to assist their local community – is there someone you can help by bringing in groceries? Every year, cold weather leads to extra deaths and taking measures to stay warm and work with others, can make a life-changing difference.”

“The council said common sense measures should be carried out such as:

Regular cups of tea, or other hot drinks, and regular hot meals can help your body stay warm

Make sure warm clothes are within reach – keep jumpers and thick socks close by. Wear several thin layers, rather than one thick one.

Have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly and make sure the chimney has been swept recently.


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