Suffolk Police advise people not to delay journeys home as more snow forecast

Police have urged people to head home from work early because of poor road conditions and the threat

Police have urged people to head home from work early because of poor road conditions and the threat of more snow. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Suffolk police have thanked a number of organisations which have linked up with them to keep the county moving despite “difficult and challenging” conditions caused by the snow and wind.

They advised people working on Friday not to delay because of the threat of more snow on the way – and said the co-operation with other public services had worked very well.

Representatives from a number of agencies, such as Suffolk Highways, the 4x4 approved volunteer vehicle network and the local authority are at Martlesham Heath co-ordinating resources so they are mobilised in the most effective manner providing support to those in need across the county.

Chief Inspector Matt Rose said on Friday: “The multi-agency hub worked very well yesterday so we are continuing the same approach today with agencies coming together at the hub to plan and direct the resources where most need is required.

“The good news is that the A140 re-opened earlier today, however we are still advising motorists against non-urgent travel during today and if they do venture out to drive according to the conditions.

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“I would ask drivers to please consider the timing of your journeys home. If people are able to avoid the rush hour it helps to keep the traffic flowing and the roads open. More snow is predicted in the county early evening that may cause further problems. We want to ensure people who are on the roads during the day get home safely this evening.

“As we reach the end of the working week I’d like to express our thanks to everyone who has been helping through what have been very difficult and challenging situations.

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“This has been a real partnership approach, including the support we have had from farming and the 4 x4 vehicle communities. We will continue to work together to offer the county support where needed over the weekend.”

“The advice remains the same as yesterday about not being complacent. Your journey may initially be okay with no or little snow, but the threat of snow drifts and ice on the roads still remains.

“Please take care and if you do feel in danger call 101 or 999 so we can help you.”

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