TRAFFIC ALERT: Roads closed or impassable due to snow

Date Published: 27/03/2013 11:12

Update issued at 13:00:

Police can confirm that the following roads are closed or impassable as the snow and icy conditions continue.

  • B6270/B6259 Junction at Nateby  from Nateby to Keld
  • B6276 Brough to County Boundary Durham
  • B6277 Alston - Garrigill
  • A592 Kirkstone Pass
  • U4064 Corney Fell
  • U4059 Hardknott Pass
  • C4026 Ulpha Fell
  • Orthwaite to Uldale road closed due to snow
  • Orthwaite to Bassenthwaite
  • Millbeck at Buttermere
  • Mile Road near BUrns Keswick
  • Newlands Church road
  • High/Low Snab near Buttermere

Please follow advise issued below.

Released at 10:54:

Police can confirm that the following roads have been closed or are impassable due to continuing snow fall and icy conditions:

• B6270/B6259 Junction at Nateby from Nateby to Keld
• B6276Brough to County Boundary Durham
• B6277 from Alston – Garrigill
• A592 Kirkstone Pass
• B5289 Honister Pass

Due to the weather conditions creating potentially dangerous conditions for motorists, police offer the following advice:

• Plan your journey in advance
• Check weather forecasts and tune into local radio stations to check road conditions and closures
• Tell someone at your destination what time you expect to arrive
• Make sure you are equipped with warm clothes, food, boots, a torch and a spade
• Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out and carry a screen scraper and de-icer

Drive according to the conditions:
• Allow extra time and distance to brake as it can take ten times longer to stop
• Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin
• To brake without locking your wheels, get into a low gear earlier than normal, allow your speed to fall and use the brake pedal gently
• Be wary of satellite navigation systems as they tend to direct you over high rural roads that are likely to be closed or particularly hazardous in winter
• Do not assume that pedestrians have seen you. They may be elderly, young or not be able to hear you
• Do not attempt to cross flooded roads if the water seems too deep
• Drive slowly through water in first gear but keep the engine speed high by slipping the clutch - this will stop you from stalling
• Test your brakes when you have driven through a flood before you drive again at normal speed

If you have an accident, break-down or become stuck in bad weather conditions:
• Do not use a mobile phone while driving. Stop somewhere safe or ask a passenger to make the call
• On a motorway, it is best to use a roadside emergency telephone because the emergency services and breakdown recovery services will be able to locate you easily. If you have to use a mobile phone, make sure you know your location from the numbers on the marker posts on the side of the hard shoulder
• If you have to leave your vehicle to get help, make sure other drivers can see you

Vehicle maintenance:
• Keep lights, windows and mirrors clean and free from ice and snow
• Keep your battery fully charged
• Add anti-freeze to the radiator and winter additive to the windscreen washer
• Check that tyres have plenty of tread depth and are the correct pressure

Diesel powered vehicles may suffer problems in low temperatures. Normal Diesel fuel will Cloud at 0 degrees centigrade, it will form a gel at around -10 and turn to wax at around -35. For bio diesels these temperatures will be less. This can result in vehicles not starting or wax crystals blocking fuel lines and pumps. Diesel flow additives can be bought from most automotive stores to counteract this.

To keep up to date with the latest weather forecasts, visit the Met Office website: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/

Tune in to your local BBC Radio station to keep up to date with road and school closures and other community issues: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/england/cumbria/

Visit the Traffic Link map at http://www.cumbria.police.uk/traffic-link-map to keep up to date with the latest situation on the roads

You can also contact the Cumbria Highways Hotline on 0845 609 6609.

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