Gritters working around the clock to clear roads but police urge motorists to avoid driving

GRITTERS and ploughs are working around the clock to clear Cambridgeshire s roads but police are warning motorists to avoid driving as the snow continues to fall. So far today (Friday) police have received 176 calls, 44 of which were road related. At

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GRITTERS and ploughs are working around the clock to clear Cambridgeshire's roads but police are warning motorists to avoid driving as the snow continues to fall.

So far today (Friday) police have received 176 calls, 44 of which were road related.

At 9.54am police were called to the A1 at Southoe after a car had slid off the road and into a ditch. The female driver escaped uninjured.

Less than an hour later at 10.17am two cars collided on the A14 at Spaldwick.

At 10.22am a car travelling on the A1M at Alconbury slid in to the central reservation and ended up in the middle of road.

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Buses are still running but some have been unable to get up Papworth Hill and Houghton Hill because of snow on the road. Houghton Hill was closed for a short period when a lorry became stuck trying to get up the hill. The road reopened just before 11am.

The heavy snow is expected to continue until about noon when the Met Office is predicting it will turn to sleet or rain.

Cambridgeshire County Council gritting and ploughing teams have been out on the roads since 3am and will continue to work throughout the day and night.

A spokesman for the county council said: "The team are working around the clock gritting and ploughing the roads. There is a national shortage of rock salt but we will still be out on the county's priority and main routes as usual.

"To make sure that enough rocksalt is available to do the usual main runs, the council has suspended the provision of salt to third parties and the salting of secondary routes.

"This means that the normal gritting run will continue to take place, putting salt on places such as main roads, waterside roads, bus routes and priority routes. Secondary routes are roads that are done under very extreme circumstances or in an emergency.

"Cambridgeshire has enough rock salt to last until new supplies can be delivered, providing weather conditions do not significantly worsen beyond current forecasts."

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