Weather: Travel havoc on the roads and rail lines

AS the cold snap continues to take hold across the region, drivers are being warned to remain careful on the roads.

While there have been no major incidents reported to the emergency services this morning, the frosty conditions are still causing issues across Suffolk and Essex’s road networks.

A police spokesman advised drivers to be careful while driving across the county.

A three-car crash has left open lane of the A14 blocked in at Claydon.

Traffic is building up in the area and traffic is slowing.

Hazardous driving conditions are causing issues on the A14 between the Seven Hills junction in Bucklesham and Felixstowe.

A broken down lorry has also left the westbound Claydon slip road partially blocked on the A14.

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The conditions are causing delays and cancellations on the rail lines with national Express East Anglia forced to amend their services.

The 7.05am train and 8.11am services between Stowmarket and London Liverpool Street were cancelled.

In addition trains between Stratford and Stansted Airport will not be running, with customers being advised to travel via London Liverpool Street.

This morning the majority of trains running between Braintree and London have been cancelled, while all routes via Stratford are being disrupted due to the conditions.

A spokesperson for National Express said that routes between Marks Tey in Essex and Sudbury were delayed due to a train fault, with all services currently being suspended. A bus replacement service is being arranged.

Temperatures are set to remain very cold and frosty, however most of today should remain dry with sunny spells.

A forecaster for WeatherQuest said that top temperatures today would be -1C (30F) due to a “moderate wind” from the east.

The A45 between Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds had no reports of any problems and traffic was moving steadily between the two towns.

However, there were reports of temperatures dipping down to minus 10 in some places and motorists were being warned to drive with care.

In Bury there is just a dusting of snow but a sharp frost and freezing fog is also covering much of the town.

In Sudbury there is still heavy snow but traffic was moving steadily and no hold ups were reported.

Temperatures were recorded hitting the minus 12 level and there were also reports of snow drifts in some of the fields on the outskirts of the town.

Phil Garner, a forecaster for WeatherQuest, said that temperatures plummeted last night across the region.

In Wattisham, the Mercury was as low as minus eight, while in Stansted, Essex, temperatures were at a bitter minus twelve.

But the freezing conditions will not stop the region’s youngsters in their tracks as they enjoy their Christmas holiday.

Hundreds of young people are expected to flock to parks across Suffolk to frolic in the snow.

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