County hit by deep freeze

LANARKSHIRE ground to a halt this week as central Scotland was encased in snow and ice as 15cm fell between 8am and 3pm on Monday (December 6) and road temperatures plunged to minus 10.

All schools and nurseries across the county were given permission to close early on Monday and remained shut until Thursday in a bid to curtail all but essential travel.

The social work emergency service remains operational with council 4x4 vehicles deployed to ensure the most vulnerable were looked after and staff staying overnight to ensure the safety of the most vulnerable.

North Lanarkshire Council struggled to cope with the ongoing snowfall with gritters themslves getting caught up in the volume of traffic and being unable to clear the primary routes which is turn caused further traffic to build up.

Due to growing frustration some drivers elected to abandon their cars meaning the police have had to spend the last few days days trying to track down all the owners.

In North Lanarkshire waste management staff were forced to abandon their refuse colections and help the clear the snow and fill grit bins, with criminals doing community service also ordered to help.

Health services in the area were also affected by the weather with NHS Lanarkshire suspending all non essential activity, but a full range of emergency, cancer and trauma services were available.

North Lanarkshire Partnership chairman Councllor Jim McCabe said: "All services across North Lanarkshire remained operational, albeit significantly hampered by the conditions, especially on the roads.

"I understand that this has been a frustrating experience for many people across North Lanarkshire. However, our strong partnership across the area meant that we were able to continue to deliver vital services."

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North Lanarkshire Council struggled to cope with the ongoing snowfall with gritters themslves getting caught up in the volume of traffic and being unable to clear the primary routes which is turn caused further traffic to build up.

Roads became blocked, including Airbles Road in Motherwell due to a jacknifed lorry and Motherwell Road in Bellshill after a bus mounted the central reservation, leading drivers to spend hours trapped in their vehicles.

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Due to growing frustration some elected to abandon their cars meaning the police have had to spend the last few days days trying to track down all the owners.

Most buses and trains were called off, forcing people to make their way home on foot, with no service available at all between Motherwell and Bellshill.

In North Lanarkshire waste management staff were forced to abandon their refuse colections and help the clear the snow and fill grit bins, with criminals doing community service also ordered to help.

Householders are advised that refuse collections are temporaily suspended and they shouldn't re-present their bin until the next scheduled collection date.

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