Reprieve from snow but more is due
9:00am Saturday 19th January 2013 in News
SCHOOLS were forced to close and drivers faced traffic chaos as snow hit Bolton.
More than 30 schools across the town were shut because of yesterday’s snow showers and the University of Bolton was also closed at lunchtime.
David Waugh, deputy head teacher at Rivington and Blackrod, said: “Due to the worsening weather conditions we had to close the school.
The conditions on site had deteriorated significantly and we needed to control the exit of our students from the school site in a safe and efficient manner. “ Some businesses, including three Bolton Hospice shops, were also forced to close and bus drivers had to make diversions because of the snow.
A hospice spokesman said: “We have a duty of care to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers who freely donate their time to support the hospice.
“As the weather conditions worsened they became increasingly concerned they wouldn’t be able to safely travel home from the shops, and as such we took the decision to close our Chorley Old Road, Horwich and Tonge Moor Road shops early on Friday.”
Transport for Greater Manchester reported disruption on services including Maytree Travel’s number 714 service, which terminated in Horwich rather than continuing to Blackrod.
The 570 service also suffered major disruption with buses not travelling to estates in Great Lever.
Bolton Council’s gritters covered a 510 kms of roads — more than half of the town’s network — during the morning, afternoon and evening.
A&E at Royal Bolton Hospital said the department was “quiet” and no services at the hospital had been cancelled due to the weather.
Paramedics took a 46-year-old man to the Royal Bolton Hospital with a suspected dislocated shoulder following a two-vehicle crash in Bolton Road, Horwich, just after 11am yesterday.
Police have said officers will continue to patrol during the cold snap. They are asking people to take steps to prepare for the weather to avoid the need for emergency call-outs.
The RSPCA cancelled a dropin session scheduled for Tuesday at its base in St George’s Road. More than 30 appointments have been cancelled. Pensioner Joyce Allman praised staff from Sure Care and The Brazley Centre in Horwich for coming to her home in Panton Street, to help her husband John, who is disabled.
She said: “I thought they would cancel due to the snow but Sure Care staff came to show him and dress him at 7.30am and then at 9.40am staff from The Brazley Centre arrived and took him to the centre. They wheeled him out to the bus in the snow like two little angels.”
The Met Office has forecast light snow over the weekend and into Monday.