Staveley Head

December 02, 2010 07:01 ET

Snow And Ice Brings Road Chaos Again

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 2, 2010) - Once again the early fall of snow has brought chaos to Britain's roads. Local authorities have worked hard to keep most major roads open and relatively safe, but many of the minor and B roads remain unpassable.

Today, Thursday the 2nd December, has been the worst day of the winter for icy roads. The AA says that breakdown calls are coming in at the rate of 2,500 an hour and that they had already attended 7,000 breakdowns before 11.00am. On the A57 near Rotherham a number of articulated lorries had got into difficulties and required overnight AA assistance. Yesterday the AA attended to 18,000 call-outs, almost twice the number they would have attended to on a normal November day. In the last six days more than 100,000 breakdowns have been reported.

The worst hit parts are on the east side of the country including South London, Kent, Yorkshire and the North East, although parts of Wales, the Midlands and the West Country have been severely hit. And the weather forecasters are predicting more snow to come throughout the rest of the week.

More than sixty cars including an oil tanker were stuck for several hours near Louth in Lincolnshire. An ambulance carrying a patient, an articulated lorry and eleven other vehicles which became stuck on the A157 in Lincolnshire were rescued by an AA Landrover crew.

A spokesman for Staveley Head, one of the UK's leading comprehensive van insurance providers, said "This has been a particularly hazardous week on the roads. The local authorities and the breakdown and rescue organisations are doing an excellent job, but with snow continuously falling all over the country it is an uphill job trying to keep all the roads open. Professional drivers are usually quite well prepared for winter conditions but even they are struggling a little at the moment. I would advise all drivers to stick to main roads wherever possible. Local authorities ensure that main roads are the first to be gritted, and are also regularly patrolled by the police and rescue services."

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