Beast from the East: Updates for Thursday 1 March

Heavy snow and icy temperatures brought by the 'Beast from the East' is causing a second day of school closures and travel disruption across the region.

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Virgin Trains advise passengers not to travel

Scenes from Carlisle Credit: Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains is advising passengers not to travel on the East Coast today or tomorrow because of the bad weather.

The West Coast main line between Carlisle and Scotland remains closed with no trains or replacement buses.

A Virgin Trains spokesperson said:

Due to extreme weather conditions on our east coast route, we are advising customers not to travel today or tomorrow. We’re working hard to look after our customers in whatever way we can and customers who have booked to travel will be able to use their tickets next week."

– Virgin Trains spokesperson

Passengers travelling across both the east coast and west coast routes are advised to check their journey online before travelling.



An AMBER BE PREPARED weather warning has been extended until tomorrow morning.

Weather warning

Frequent and often heavy snow showers are expected to continue through Thursday and overnight into Friday morning with further significant accumulations likely.

Long delays and cancellations on bus, rail and air travel could occur.

Roads may become blocked by deep snow, with many stranded vehicles and passengers.


Beast from the East causes chaos on the M6

There have been number of road traffic collisions on the M6 northbound carriageway between J38 and J40.

Hazardous driving conditions because of snow and ice on the road meant that only one lane was open between J38 (Tebay) and J39 (Shap).

Traffic was at a standstill while police dealt with the incidents.

A jack-knifed lorry near to Southwaite Services also closed two lanes on the southbound carriageway, south of J41.

A no-injury two-vehicle collision also closed the M6 southbound at Kendal, which involved two wagons.

Motorists are warned not to travel unless absolutely necessary as driving conditions remain hazardous.

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Police warn DO NOT DRIVE during amber weather warning

The Beast from the East has brought hazardous driving conditions to roads across the region.

Police on both sides of the Borders are advising motorists not to travel unless absolutely necessary while the amber weather warning remains in place - up to 6pm tonight.

The red warning for snow in northern parts of the Scottish Borders has now been downgraded to amber. See here for more information on weather warnings.

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