Traffic flowing in Uckfield High Street.

Snow Patrol: Carpet of snow covers Uckfield

Update at 15.50: Southern has said it will again be an hourly service on the Uckfield Line tomorrow (February 28).

Brighton and Hove Buses has resumed services to Crowborough and Tunbridge Wells from Uckfield.     The buses will stay on the A26 all through Crowborough.

Update at 11.40:

BE AWARE: Driving conditions are hazardous with the temperature still around freezing point. Roads  are still slippery; even major routes.

Update at 11.30:

Waste collections by Wealden District Council are being disrupted by the snow.

Garden waste collections have been totally suspended.

The authority, along with its contractor, Kier has apologised for any inconvenience that may be caused by the disruption to waste collections due to the adverse weather conditions.

In a press release the council said:

“Please be assured we will be working hard to complete all collections possible on the scheduled collection days however, regrettably due to the snow and ice it is likely we will be unable to complete some collections, particularly in hilly or more rural areas and where roads are not gritted.

Refuse & Recycling

“Please place your bin out as normal. If we are unable to collect your road or area you do not need to report a missed collection to us.

“Please leave your bin out and our crews will be recording where they have not been able to access to arrange a return collection as the earliest opportunity.

“Please only contact us to report a missed collection if you placed your bin out by 7am and it was not emptied whilst your neighbours bins have been emptied. This can be done up to 5 pm the next working day through this website at https://my.wealden.gov.uk/ or by calling our contact centre on 01323 443322.

Garden Waste

“To prioritise the refuse and recycling collections we regret that garden waste collections have been temporarily suspended for the remainder of this week so please do not place your bins out if you are due a collection between today (Tuesday 27 February) and Friday (2 March).

“This will enable vehicles and crews to be utilised elsewhere to catch up.

“We anticipate that scheduled Garden waste collections will resume on Monday 5 March, although this may be subject to change.

Clinical Waste

“No collections to take place today. Please leave your boxes and bags out as normal and we aim to complete collections by the end of Saturday, conditions allowing.”

Update at 10.05: The Drive in Uckfield is currently blocked by a lorry. It is not possible to go either up or down the road.

The snow depth has now reached about 9cm (nearly 4ins).

Summary:

Some shops and businesses are closed.

Many schools have not opened today.

Southern is running a reduced service from Uckfield but there have been few, if any problems, so far.

Some bus services have been suspended.

Our original story: Uckfield is under a carpet of snow.

More is expected to fall. By 7am there had been around 5cm (2ins) of snow overnight.

Emergency school closures have been announced.

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Much less traffic than usual on London Road, Uckfield, at 8am today.

There are no 28/29 buses between Uckfield and Tunbridge Wells. The services are running to and from Brighton as is the 54 bus from Uckfield to Eastbourne.

The Etchingham to Uckfield route is suspended and so is service 31 from Uckfield to Haywards Heath.

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Uckfield bus station.

The following schools are closed today:

Beacon Academy, Crowborough
Blackboys Pre-School
Bonners

Buxted
Chailey School
Cross in Hand
Fletching
Framfield
Harlands

Heathfied Community College
High Hurstwood
Holy Cross
Kings Academy, Ringmer
Little Horsted
Manor

Maresfield
Nutley
Rocks Park
St Marks
Uckfield Community Technology College

Blackboys Primary School is OPEN at a slightly later time of 9.30am today.

Sussex Support Service at the Victoria Pavilion, Victoria Pleasure Ground, is closed today because of the adverse weather conditions.

Uckfield Citizens Advice Bureau has announced there will be no appointments at its office today.

Ridgewood Post Office is open as usual but its outreach Post Offices in Nutley and High Hurstwood will be closed.

Acres Adult Learning office, in the grounds of Uckfield Community Technology College, is closed today. Day and evening courses are cancelled today, Tuesday, February 27, due to the snow.

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Luxford Car Park deserted at about 8.30am.

A family fun session at St Philip’s School has been cancelled.

There were reports on Facebook of Fernley Park being an ice rink with cars getting stuck trying to go up the hill. The same in Nevill Road too.

Police say there were about 20 damage-only collisions across the county since midnight. They are appealing to drivers to consider their driving style in the conditions. Their advice can be found here.

At 9.30am, East Sussex Highways said it had again sent out the gritters to treat primary routes. Scroll down to read about gritting and which roads are treated.

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More snow coming down at the bridge over the River Uck in Uckfield, at 8.40am.

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Uckfield station.

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View of Uckfield railway station through the trees from the Waitrose car park entrance.

This story will be updated as news breaks today.

Sledging fun is already being enjoyed at The Dene, on Manor Park Estate, and snow clearance is under way near the shops.

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Sledging at The Dene on Manor Park Estate.

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Snow clearance near Browns Lane shops.

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Browns Lane early this morning.

The town is within the Met Office’s “yellow” warning area and it is forecasting for today:

“Snow showers or longer periods of snow are expected on Tuesday, accompanied by very low temperatures.

“There is the potential for travel delays on roads, with some stranded vehicles and passengers, as well as delays or cancellations to rail and air travel.

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All quiet heading out of town towards London Road at 8.10am.

“Some rural communities could become cut off.

“Power cuts may also occur and other services, such as mobile phones, may be affected.”

Train timetable

Train operator Southern yesterday cut the Uckfield Line service to hourly yesterday as a precautionary measure.

This morning there will be no 0705hrs or 0801hrs.

Southern has coaches stationed at Uckfield in case of problems.

More details of the cancellations in this story.

Due to the weather, there may be other alterations.

By 10am, longer trains had been leaving Uckfield and were arriving at London Bridge, pretty much on time.

 Snow planning tips from South East Coast Ambulance Service and a plea from Uckfield deputy town mayor, Cllr Duncan Bennett, for people to look after their neighbours during the freeze.

GRITTING

Spreading salt and grit on roads around Uckfield is the responsibility of East Sussex County Council.

Not all routes are treated.

The county highways department operates a system of primary and secondary routes for gritting.

What is a primary gritting route?

These are roads that are normally salted during the course of a winter period as a priority.  They consist of A and B roads and about 75% of the C roads, which are the most heavily used roads in the county.

These roads are normally treated when the following road conditions are forecast:

• Snow

• Road Surface temperatures falling close to or below freezing where moisture may be present.

What is a secondary gritting route?

These roads are not normally salted unless snow or severe icy conditions are forecast.  They tend to include major bus routes which are not included on the Primary Routes, link roads into villages/hamlets/urban estates and main feeder roads to local hospitals.  *source: East Sussex Highways

Map of primary and secondary gritting routes (external link)

History note:

Snow is not unknown this late into the year.

There was briefly chaos in the town when snow began falling on the evening of Monday, March 11.

It was a troublesome commute the following morning with roads, buses and trains all affected.

Schools were closed.

However, it was short-lived and by lunchtime the town was getting back to normal with the snow and ice melt pouring into drains, gullies and on to streams and rivers.

Do you have memories of snow in Uckfield.

Email paul@Uckfieldnews.com with your story.

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Pretty scene looking out over the pipe which crosses the River Uck.

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The Station pub in the snow.

See also:

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