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The cold weather continues to bite

Snow at Seaburn Marriott Hotel seafront

6:43am 1st March 2018
(Updated 2:50pm 1st March 2018)

An amber weather warning remains in places for the North East coastline, as snow and icy conditions grips the region.

The cold snap and so-called 'Beast from the East' has badly hit services, businesses and schools across Wearside and the country.

Classes across the Sun FM area have been forced to close for a second day, see those by clicking the image below.

school closures

Some flights and trains have also been cancelled and drivers are being urged not to make unnecessary journeys.

Public transport's also been affected with Go North East buses finishing early last night due to the adverse weather across the Sun FM area.

Kevin Carr is the Managing Director of Go North East and has given us this update:

It's been confirmed that bus services will stop between 7 and 8pm tonight.

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For more information about Go North East, visit www.gonortheast.co.uk.

Find the latest from the bus firm by clicking the image below.

Go North East Sunderland Wearmouth Coast bus

Stagecoach North East have also been experiencing issue due to the road conditions.

Their Colin Newbury is their Operations Director and spoke with Sun FM earlier.

The latest can be found by clicking the image below.

Stagecoach gas buses fleet2

Other transport services could also be affected, and people are being advised check before setting off on your journey.

The Tyne and Wear Metro was disrupted in Sunderland click the image to get  the latest from operators Nexus.

Metro train in station

Ahead of planned RMT Union strike action planned for Saturday (3rd of March) Norther Rail are also experiencing disruption to train services.

Find out the latest updates from them by clicking the image below.

Northern rail train

Newcastle International Airport is also being affected with flights to areas like Scotland, with Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports shutting down after being heavily hit by the snowy weather, and unable to take flights.

Newcastle Airport entrance

Durham Tees-Valley Airport is experiencing delays to flights due to the show too.

Durham TVAirport snow pic 2 1-12-10

Non urgent appointments and procedures have also been cancelled at City Hospitals Sunderland - find the latest here.

Sunderland royal hospital health waiting room

For all the latest traffic and travel updates listen to 103.4 Sun FM or click here.

During the cold spell we're being urged to keep an eye on the most vulnerable in our communities and check on infirm and elderly neighbours.

The Salvation Army supports some of the most vulnerable people in every community.

As temperatures plummet they will be working with local charities and agencies across the country to open the lounges at their Lifehouses (accommodation for people experiencing homelessness) to provide somewhere safe to sleep.

This provision will be open to anyone who needs it. Their churches (corps) will be assessing the need in each area they operate to ensure local need is met.

Salvation army in Millfield

Swan Lodge Lifehouse (Salvation Army homelessness accommodation) in Sunderland is providing additional services to ensure those who are sleeping on the streets have the opportunity to find shelter and warmth under these extreme weather conditions.

The staff team has been pulling in extra efforts to ensure there are enough people available to support the residents (the centre is running at full capacity) and those using the crash-pad emergency services.

Staff unable to get in due to the snow have also been collected by a team member with a four-by-four so that those offering additional hours can be relieved.

Here's some other helpful and useful links for the Council services across Tyne and Wear and County Durham.

    1. https://www.sunderland.gov.uk/article/12074/Winter-weather-update
    2. http://www.gateshead.gov.uk/Council%20and%20Democracy/emergency/Severe-weather/Snow.aspx
    3. https://www.durham.gov.uk/
    4. https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/
    5. https://www.southtyneside.gov.uk/
    6. http://my.northtyneside.gov.uk/node/19405

Durham Police are urging motorist to avoid using the A19 at all, it follows an incident between Sheraton and Castle Eden, with the A19 northbound remains closed.

A19 Durham police facebook

An amber alert remains in place for the North East until 6pm, and will be in force again between 10pm (Thursday) until 10am tomorrow (Friday).

weather warning map march 2018

Travel conditions treacherous on the A19 and A1 as well as local roads.

Trevor Hines is the Managing Director at Station Taxis in Sunderland and says they're running with a fleet reduced to 40 per cent.

Trevor Hines Job Fair Station Taxis

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