Hazardous snow causing more issues in Salisbury

Salisbury snow 2018 Market Square (Mike Draper)

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 6:56am 2nd March 2018. (Updated at 11:43am 19th April 2018)

Several roads are now impassable and the advice is to stay out of your cars

After a treacherous night on the roads, the problems have continued into this morning (Friday 2nd March).

Gritting teams are out treating the roads but many are impassable. 

Heavy snow came down over night, leaving Salisbury doused in inches of snow.

Severe weather has caused slippery driving conditions in and around the whole of the city centre with many roads becoming undriveable.

This is the A338 this morning after a snow plow went down it.

A338 Downton Snow 2018

Drivers are stranded at on the A303 at Chicklade and Wiltshire Police along with help from Wiltshire Council are trying to reach them.

A snow plough and snow blower are on route to the scene.

Wiltshire Police are updating with live updates here:

ROADS AFFECTED:

  • A303 - closed 
  • A303 - no access to the A303 from Warminster (A350 entry closed) or Mere. 
  • Amesbury - Porton Down Road and London Road are both completely blocked by stranded vehicles - impassable. Please avoid these roads at all costs. 
  • A342 Everleigh - Impassable from Snow Meadow Petrol Station.
  • A360 Tilshead - Shrewton closed.
  • B3083 Winterbourne Stoke - Shrewton blocked
  • A345 Old Sarum - Amesbury closed
  • A4361 Wroughton - Avebury vehicle abandoned in snow.
  • A346 Beckhampton closed.
  • A number of vehicles currently stuck on the A345 near High Post. This includes several jack knifed lorries. - Longhead Road to Highpost is closed
  • A303 Willoughby Edge service station area road is blocked.
  • The Royal Wotton Bassett Brinkworth Road has a Jack knifed articulated vehicle in the road - please avoid the area.
  • A HGV has jack knifed on the M4 between junction 15 to Membury Services. 
  • The A346 Chisledon - Marlborough. Road blocked and we are trying to clear the road and transport stranded drivers to the service station.
  • A4361 Wroughton to Avebury is impassable.
  • The A338 at East Grafton is currently unpassable - snow has been blown onto the road from surrounding fields during the night
  • A lorry is currently jack knifed on the A342 at Ludgershall, just past Shaw Hill. The road is blocked
  • The Alton Barnes area between Pewsey and Devizes is currently blocked due to abandoned vehicles.

 

Superintendent Phil Staynings said:

“We are doing all that we can to ensure the safety of residents in Wiltshire and as you can imagine, our officers and call handlers, are currently extremely busy. 

“We are urging residents to only leave home if absolutely necessary and if you are heading out, please make sure you leave plenty of time, take necessary supplies and always let someone know where you are going and how long you expect to be.

“With these severe weather conditions, it’s also really important to check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours to make sure they are ok. 

“Keep up to date with our social media and website for road closures throughout the day.”

Cars abandoned on the Odstock Road.

Cars abandoned in snow on Odstock Road Salisbury 2nd March 2018 (Mike Draper)

Cars abandoned in snow on Odstock Road Salisbury 2nd March 2018 (

Our News Reporter Mike took a stroll up to Salisbury District Hospital this morning to see what our fantastic hospital staff have had to deal with on their way to work...

Salisbury District Hospital have this advice for staff and patients.

 

Salisbury reds are unlikely to runs buses today.

Taxi companies, including Value Cars and All the Sevens are closed for the day due to the weather.

Meanwhile, Salisbury Police have urged all drivers to avoid risking their lives by taking to the road.


We'll keep you updated on all the latest Salisbury travel information here.

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