WEATHER: Travel Delays and School Closures

Written by on 28th February 2018

Further snow has fell overnight and continues to fall this morning (Wednesday 28.2.18) here we will be updating you as much as we can on roads, transport and schools across Sunderland. 

An amber ‘be prepared’ weather warning for heavy snows, ice and lightening strikes remain in place for large swathes of North East England and Scotland including Sunderland.

Sunderland College will close at 3:30pm and remain closed tomorrow before opening Friday.

This morning bus services across Sunderland started to operate but Stagecoach then stopped all services and buses returned to the depot.

Within the last half hour, Services 20 and 16 in Sunderland are now starting to run, but other services remain cancelled at the moment.

Stagecoach in South Shields E buses between South Shields and Sunderland are now returning to Sunderland after they were terminating at Whitburn earlier.

Fellow bus operator Go North East withdrew services earlier than planned last night, today services are running but they are sticking to main routes only.

A number of schools across Sunderland have announced closures, we’ll be updating our Closure map throughout the morning.

You can see our School Closure map here.

Meanwhile, the University of Sunderland has closed it’s doors at 12pm to all staff and students. The senior Management team will make decision as to if the University will remain closed tomorrow.

Sunderland College has confirmed that they will shut at 3:30pm today and will remain closed tomorrow before reopening Friday.

The Sunderland Students Union have confirmed the SU minibus, which links the campuses and accommodation blocks, is not operating today and the National Glass Centre in Sunderland is closed today.

The snow is also affecting the Tyne and Wear metro service but they are  largely running a normal service, but with delays.

There is further problems in South Tyneside as Hebburn platform 2 isn’t in operation this morning.

On the trains, there’s serve disruptions on services right across the North East including on Northern and Grand Central through Sunderland.

On the roads, conditions are poor in many areas, many back roads and estate routes are impassable.

The advice is to travel only if it’s absolutely necessary and if you are on the roads try sticking to main routes.

Here’s our 11am update on the roads.

  • A19 is still slow moving, but all major delays have cleared a
  • Difficult conditions on Blind Lane, Burdon Lane and Burdon Road with stationary traffic.
  • Elsewhere, stationary traffic on the coast road from Ryhope into Seaham with some social media suggesting to avoid the route.

We will continue to update this post with the latest travel information as we can.

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