Weather update: Traffic, travel and school closures

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Motorists and commuters are being urged to think ahead this morning as the bad weather continues.

Snow began falling in parts of Yorkshire yesterday afternoon as forecasters predicted up to 8cm could fall overnight.

The Met Office issued a yellow ‘be aware’ warning and drivers have been told to expect disruption.

The Met Office said: “Across Northern England 3-8cm could accumulate by Thursday morning, especially over high ground.”

A Highways Agency spokesman urged motorists to expect disruption on the roads.

He said: “Commuters in particular are being warned to take extra care through peak travel periods and to check weather and travel conditions before setting out on journeys.”

Some rail services will be restricted in West Yorkshire this morning (Thursday) as the rail industry responds to forecasts of deep snow.

Phil Verster, route managing director for Network Rail said: “Additional staff will be on duty tonight and into the morning to minimise the impact of the weather upon services. We are checking essential equipment such as points heaters and will be running snow clearing trains overnight.

“With heavy snow forecast some disruption is likely. That can have a knock-on effect around the network as trains and staff are in the wrong place for the timetable. By working with the operators to slightly restrict some services we help to minimise any knock-on disruption to the busiest trains and will be able to recover a full service much more quickly.

“Please check your journey details before you travel, leave plenty of time for your journey and allow extra time to get to and from your station.”

Planned changes to First Trans-Pennine Express service are:

Three trains each hour in both directions between Manchester and York (usually four an hour)

Four trains each hour in both directions between Manchester and Leeds (usually five per hour)

Northern Rail changes to service are:

0550 Hebden Bridge – Leeds will start from Halifax and 0606 (first service from Hebden Bridge at 0622 and Sowerby Bridge 0628)

0611 Blackpool North – York will call additionally at Mytholmroyd at 0737

0615 Marsden – Leeds will start from Huddersfield (first service from Marsden at 0658 and Slaithwaite 0702)

0637 Leeds – Hebden Bridge will terminate at Halifax

0739 Hebden Bridge – Leeds via Dewsbury will start from Brighouse at 0805

All other services are planned to run as advertised though there may be some minor delay due to the poor weather.

The latest service information will be available on National Rail Enquiries or 08457 484950 or Live Travel updates from First Trans-Pennine Express and northernrail.

For the latest local traffic and travel, keep checking http://www.leedstravel.info/cdmf-webserver/jsp/leeds.jsp and http://www.wymetro.com/ for updates.

There are yet to be any annoucements about school closures, keep checking our website for updates throughout the morning or http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/School-closures.aspx

We will bring you regular traffic and travel information throughout the day.