Heavy snow creates severe travel disruption across Merseyside

Heavy snow creates severe travel disruption across Merseyside

Heavy snow creates severe travel disruption across Merseyside

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Heavy snow brought severe travel disruption across Merseyside last night.

Arriva buses were cancelled on several routes due to dangerous driving conditions.

You can check the latest travel updates at their website: http://www.arrivabus.co.uk/

A small fire at Hamilton Square station added to the chaos.

Firefighters were called to the station at 10.50pm after a section underneath a carriage overheated and caused a small fire.

The blaze was out by the time fire crews arrived and nobody is believed to have been injured in the incident.

An appliance from Birkenhead fire station and two from Wallasey attended, along with the Search and Rescue Team. Firefighters were at the scene for around an hour and 20 minutes.

Many rail services ground to a halt across the county.

A statement on Merseyrail's website said: "On Friday many Merseyrail services were severely affected by the severe weather conditions we experienced across the region and we would like to sincerely apologise to all those customers whose travel was disrupted."

The organisation says a normal Saturday service is now opearting on the Wirral and Northern line.

You can check the Merseyrail website at the following link and twitter to see if there are any service changes that may affect journey plans...http://www.merseyrail.org/

Across the Northwest motorists were stranded as the snow storms caused chaos.

The M6 was closed in both directions between junctions 25 and 27, near Wigan, after vehicles became stuck in heavy snow and many drivers abandoned their cars.

The Highways Agency is working to set up a shelter at Charnock Services, close to junction 28, for drivers and passengers suffering from the freezing temperatures while stuck inside their car or for those who have already walked away from their vehicles.

The M56 was also subjected to closures throughout the night. Up to six inches has fallen across parts of the north since Friday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said: "The snowstorms became very heavy last night and many drivers became stuck in the snow, especially heavy lorries as they tried to make it up hills. Some drivers abandoned their cars which has made it difficult for us to clear paths through the snow."

Click the link below for Merseytravel updates :

http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/travel-updates/Pages/default.aspx

If you need further assistance, contact the Traveline on 0871 200 22 33.

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