Snow in Thanet: Police advice, trains and school closures

Snow in Minster Photo Dan Thomsett

Kent Police is urging drivers to be careful after dealing with more than 200 collisions and over 100 other weather related calls yesterday (February 27).

Chief Superintendent Nicola Faulconbridge said: “Please prepare for your journey and consider if it is absolutely necessary.

“Make sure your mirrors, windows and lights are clear from ice, frost or condensation. Also, please remove snow from the roof of your vehicle so it does not slide onto the windscreen and block your vision as you drive. Make sure you have a good view of the road all around you from the moment you set off.

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“Please adapt your driving to the conditions and allow much longer for your trip. Keep your distance and avoid sudden turning, braking or acceleration.

“If you think it is necessary to abandon your vehicle then please leave it in a safe and appropriate place.

“If you’re staying at home, please keep an eye out for elderly and vulnerable – be a good neighbour and check on those in your road who may be vulnerable or more at risk from the cold weather.”

Kent County Council says gritters have treated all primary routes, going put at midnight and 7am.

Gritting patrols remain out focusing on keeping those routes open. Farmers are also deployed with ploughs to help clear more rural routes.

Southeastern says it is working closely with Network Rail to keep the rail network open and tracks free of ice but some disruption can’t be ruled out, especially if there is some heavy snowfall.

A spokesman added: “Due to heavy snow and ice, major delays and cancellations are being experienced on some lines. Staff are doing all they can to keep passengers moving, but we strongly advise passengers to check their journeys before they travel.”

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Royal Mail has also halted some isle deliveries today and the Gateway in Margate is temporarily closed. An engineer has been called to fix a problem with the automatic doors.

Isle school closures listed on KCC website

St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School

Charles Dickens School

Laleham Gap School

Westgate Primary School

Newlands Primary School