WEATHER: Thursday’s Travel and Disruptions
Written by Scott McGerty on 1st March 2018
Sunderland and the North East continue to be battered by heavy snow fall and strong winds causing disruption and travel chaos.
As of 7:30pm on 1.3.18, these are the latest public transport, school closures notices and road problems we know about.
Major disruptions we’ll tweet @SparkSunderland during the evening and we’ll be back online with Fridays travel news tomorrow from 7:15am.
We have updated our school closure map with information for Friday March 2nd, some are yet to confirm closures so we will be again updating the map from 7:30am tomorrow.
The University of Sunderland has confirmed it’ll remain closed tomorrow.
Severe weather is continuing to make travel treacherous and the Met Office has extended its amber weather warning for the region, as a result, the University’s buildings will remain closed in Sunderland on Friday 2 March. Stay safe. #SNOWMAGGEDDON pic.twitter.com/QCQN9f0WOe
— University of Sunderland (@sunderlanduni) March 1, 2018
Sunderland College have now confirmed they’ll also be closed tomorrow.
The college will remain CLOSED tomorrow, Friday 2nd March. We expect to reopen Monday as conditions improve. Take care, wrap up, and have a good weekend. #beastfromtheeast #stormemma #snowday2018 pic.twitter.com/uSq2CUGykW
— Sunderland College (@sunderlandcol) March 1, 2018
On the Metro trains are running to all stations however the weather means they’ve now reduced the frequency to every 30 minutes.
Service update for the next 3 days: pic.twitter.com/wmZSlI0mFL
— Tyne and Wear Metro (@My_Metro) March 1, 2018
Go North East bus services are sticking to main routes avoiding estates and back roads.
Here’s the latest on Go North East’s Sunderland services, all are suffering delays but the following are diverted:
- Services 2 and 2A are unable to serve Penshaw Bank Top. There’s also no service between Shiney Row and Hastings Hill, diverting via A19 and Herrington Burn.
- Services 33 and 33A are omitting estates and Dene Street.
- Services 35 and 35A are unable to serve Boldon Bank and are operating Ferryboat Lane and A19.
- Service 38/238 towards Tunstall Bank is omitting Strawberry Bank and Leechmere Road, operating to Grangetown via Queen Alexandra Road.
- Service 39 is omitting Pennywell.
Meanwhile, Go North East have now confirmed they’ll be finishing buses early tonight with last departures between 7pm-8pm.
Evening buses on Thursday 1 March
Due to the continuing bad weather and this evening’s forecasts we will be finishing our services earlier than usual today. Generally last departures from city centres will be between 7pm and 8pm.
— Go North East (@gonortheast) March 1, 2018
Stagecoach in Sunderland are running services this evening however they are subject to delays and diversions are in place as follows:
- Service 3: Unable to serve Plains Farm or the Farringdon terminus, using the full length of Allendale Road instead.
- Service 4: Normal Route.
- Service 8: Unable to serve High Barnes and South Hylton, using Chester Road and Holborne Road to Hylton Road.
- Service 10: Leaving Grangetown is diverting via Ryhope a Road to Villette Road then normal route to Pallion Road then diverting via St. Luke’s Road to Pennywell.
- Service 11: Normal Route
- Service 12/13: Service 12 is now operating via Tunstall Rd and Essen way in both directions then operating service 13 route on Silksworth Lane. Service 12/13 are now able to serve Town End Farm.
- Service 16: Unable to serve Sevenoaks Drive in the South and not serving Rhonda Road in the North.
- Service 18: Normal Route
- Service 20: Unable to serve Pankhurst Road and Presthope Road so will continue along Hylton Road instead to Pennywell Turning Circle then along Hylton Road and Penistone Road
- Service 23: Service is once again not able to serve Thorney Close, operating via Durham Road past Prospect to Board Inn.
On the trains, Grand Central Services remain cancelled for the rest of today and are now advising customers not to travel.
Customers are advised NOT TO TRAVEL today. pic.twitter.com/sFb9lWndPE
— Grand Central Rail (@GC_Rail) March 1, 2018
Northern Service trains, which link Sunderland with Newcastle, MetroCentre, Hartlepool and Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough appear to be operating as normal this evening.
However you are advised to check for individual services.
The Shields Ferry will remain suspended due to the weather conditions – a replacement minibus service will run between the North & South ferry landings.
Road Disruptions – Here’s the latest disruptions we’re hearing:
- Southern Relief Route is closed between Ocean Road and Salterfen Road. Six street lights came down overnight. Traffic is being diverted via Ryhope Road.
- Tunstall Hope Road is Closed in both directions.
- A183 Chester Road between A19 and Penshaw Monument (Westbound Only) has been closed by police.
Any major disruptions we’ll tweet @SparkSunderland during the evening and we’ll be back tomorrow with Friday’s travel news from 7:15am.