Snow service updates

By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 18 January 2013 Updated: 18/01 17:35

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SERVICES are beginning to close as snow falls across the borough.

Crews from Redditch Borough Council's waste collection team were out as normal this morning (Friday) but had all returned to the depot by 11.30am due to worsening road conditions.

Some bins have been collected and those which have not will be collected next week. Bins which have been missed should be put outside on Monday (January 21) and left in a safe place.

A spokeswoman said: "If we are unable to collect your bin today we will return as soon as possible so please leave your bin out a safe place.

"Refuse vehicles can weigh up to 26 tonnes and are much bigger than most household delivery vehicles, it is essential that we do not drive on roads when drivers make a judgement that it is not safe to do so.

"We would like to apologise for the disruption to waste collection services due to the poor weather."

One Stop Shops at Woodrow and the Town Hall will not open this afternoon and the market in Redditch town centre is not on today.

No post will be delivered or collected by Royal Mail in light of the bad weather.

All hospital services are operated as normal. Anyone who does not feel safe to travel to their appointment at the Alexandra Hospital should call the number on their appointment letter or the switchboard number on 01527 503030.

Most buses and trains are currently running to a normal timetable. A Diamond spokeswoman said they would continue to run services for as long as possible. Updates will be available on the company's Facebook and Twitter as well as the Standard's website.

But Worcestershire County Council has announced the 182 and 183, which operate between Bromsgrove, Lickey and Redditch, has been withdrawn for the remainder of the day due to bad snow.

The 350 from Redditch to Worcester via Inkberrow has also been cancelled and the X3 will not be running to Redditch.

The Worcestershire Hub Contact Centre has been opened since 6.30am to answer residents' queries about county council services and will open as usual from 9am to 5pm tomorrow (Saturday).

All day services have been closed for the day, with staff informing service users and families of the decision, and the Medical Education Team Unit on Easemore Road has also been shut.

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