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Severe weather update on Sunderland services

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10:30am 2nd March 2018
(Updated 10:52am 2nd March 2018)

While the weather alert for Wearside drops from amber to yellow, City Council staff have been receiving 'thanks' messages from the public personally and on social media.

Work is continuing round the clock to keep Sunderland up and running on its highways and in essential care and support services for the vulnerable.

Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Harry Trueman, said:

"These are exacting and trying conditions for everyone - whether they are at home or at work. The weather has affected everyone across the region and the country."

"Council staff, not just on highways, have been busy doing their upmost to keep the city running in very trying circumstances. The patience and understanding, and the kind words that many people are voicing is appreciated."

Snow clearing Shiney Row Thursday 1st March 2018

In adult social care, nearly 4,000 vulnerable people receive a care package whether they are older, have mental health issues, or have learning or physical disabilities.

Councillor Graeme Miller, Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services, said:

"Nobody has been left without a service. We may have experienced some delays but not cancellations or failures to deliver care. Staff are working very hard and it is very much business as usual as we are keeping people safe."

Road surface temperatures have been dropping to minus six overnight as winter maintenance work continues.

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Councillor Michael Mordey, Portfolio Holder for City Services, who oversees the city's highways network and refuse and recycling services, said:

"In severe winter weather the council runs a 24 hour round-the clock operation to treat and keep the roads clear."

"We concentrate on the main routes, such as the A1231 and the A690, and where conditions allow we treat and plough off other secondary routes."

"With the snow and ice, and the strong winds, it's a challenge for all staff and a challenge to access bins. Bin collectors have joined the big snow clearance and with collections suspended for a second day (Thursday), please use your green domestic and blue recycling bins as best as possible."

"And thank you for your appreciation and understanding during these severe weather conditions."

"The latest forecasts are for it remaining cold and icy over the weekend. Please take care when out and about."

Deliveries of salt are continuing to come in today, as Sunderland City Council gritting teams carry on working round the clock to keep priority routes clear.

They currently have several thousand tonnes in stock with more on the way.

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Andy Gamblin, from Go North East's service delivery centre, said:

"We have worked closely with the City Council gritting teams throughout the bad weather."

"We have managed to maintain the majority of our bus services, on main roads at least, throughout the city which has helped keep the city moving through some abnormal weather conditions."

Front-line service update:

* Registration and Coroner Service providing a full service for registration of births, deaths and marriages;

* Bereavement Services operating as normal - 11 cremations and two interments were scheduled for Thursday 1 March;

* The majority of schools remain closed;

* The Homeless Service, Crisis Support and Telecare operating as normal. Please call 0191 520 5551 for support services;

* Business Improvement and Advice Services including Crisis support, Community Care Support and Welfare Reform Services are operational. Please call 0191 520 5551 for support services;

* The two pools and Exercise Studios at Sunderland Aquatic Centre remain closed until further notice;

* Highways treatments continuing;

* Southern Relief Route between Ocean Road and Salterfen Road is closed after six lighting columns collapsed overnight.

Southern Radial Route snow closed Ocean Road to Salterfern Road

Traffic is being diverted via Ryhope Road.

Meanwhile Go North East buses have been in touch with Sun FM to give an update on their services.

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Kevin Carr, managing director of Go North East, said:

“We are currently running the majority of our services with diversions in place in some areas."

“Our aim is to run our services normally today and throughout the evening with buses finishing at their usual times. We may need to only service main roads in certain places, but we will be updating our website and social media feeds throughout the day and into the evening."

“We appreciate that some people do not use Facebook and Twitter and would encourage everyone to share as much information as possible with friends and relatives who are not on social media."

“We'd like to thank everyone for their patience and hard work over the last few days and for all of the positive comments we've received."

“Anyone wishing to travel can keep up to date on our latest developments by visiting our Facebook and Twitter channels.”

For more information about Go North East, visit

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