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Carlisle City Council: bin collections cancelled today

The council has cancelled bin collections because of the weather Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle City Council has said that there will be no refuse collections today as a result of the weather.

The council is asking residents with collections today or tomorrow to put out their bins as collections should resume tomorrow and, if necessary, will also take place on Saturday.

The same applies for plastic and cardboard collections.

Tomorrow’s scheduled collections are still planned to go ahead.

Garden waste collections scheduled for today and tomorrow have been cancelled, and people should not put their wheeled bins out. Residents will be able to place extra garden waste out on their next scheduled collection date.

Greenbox recycling collections are continuing as normal.

Met Office update: Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice in force until 11.00 tomorrow.

There is a Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice in force until 11am tomorrow Credit: Jennifer McRobert

A Yellow Warning of Snow and Ice (low likelihood, medium impact) is in force until 11am tomorrow.

The update from the Met Office states that there will be scattered wintry showers and gradually easing wind over the next 24 hours.

The showers could still be heavy on higher ground, but everywhere else should see a mixture of rain, sleet or wet snow.

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Police advise only driving if necessary

Traffic is slow moving throughout the county Credit: ITV border

Police in Cumbria are advising people across the county not to drive unless it's necessary, especially in the Carlisle area.

Police have received numerous reports of collisions and disruption caused by the snow, and traffic is slow moving.

So far there have been no serious or fatal injuries suffered following a collision.

“We would ask all motorists to consider whether a journey is necessary in the current climate and would advise them not to travel.

The snow and ice are causing problems across the county, especially in Carlisle.

Those that must travel, need to alter their driving style to manage the challenging conditions.”

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley

You can read our top tips for staying safe while driving in winter conditions here.

Gritters fighting to clear Cumbria's roads

Gritters have been out in force. Credit: Cumbria County Council

Cumbria County Council's full team of gritters have been working for the last 36 hours to treat the county's roads.

The council says all priority one and two roads were treated twice overnight, and all main roads and bus routes into Carlisle had a surface spreading of at least 60 grammes of salt on them before this morning.

But this morning heavy snowfall covered the salt, resulting in long delays and a number of collisions.

The A6 between Kendal and Shap was shut last night, the Kirkstone Pass on the A592 the and the A686 between Melmerby and Alston are closed, as well as the high passes in the Western Lakes.

The council’s gritters will be continuing to treat roads throughout the day and night while the snowy conditions continue.

Up to three full gritting runs can be made every 24 hours, and in each run:

  • 300 tonnes of salt is used
  • Gritters travel a distance equal to driving from Penrith to Barcelona
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