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More snow disruption

PUBLISHED: 10:57 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:47 12 August 2010

RESIDENTS face more disruption today (Thursday) with school closures, travel problems and suspended bin collections. Some 23 primary schools and 10 out of the

RESIDENTS face more disruption today (Thursday) with school closures, travel problems and suspended bin collections.

Some 23 primary schools and 10 out of the borough's 17 secondary schools and colleges are closed while 13 more are due to close early.

Bromley council said it has "reluctantly" suspended its refuse collection because of the treacherous road conditions.

Thousands of motorists faced traffic mayhem this morning when the M20 closed due to a jack-knifed lorry.

Residents are also asked to help if they can by shovelling snow from the pavements in front of their properties to avoid it turning into packed ice.

Bromley council said it is continuing to grit the roads on a "round-the-clock" basis.

A council spokesperson said: "With much of the borough covered in 2cm (1 inch) or more of snow, we have been working through the night to keep the priority routes free of ice and snow.

"Our round the clock gritting operation will continue, although side roads will not be gritted as our priority remains with the main routes.

"Snow is still falling in some parts of the borough, particularly to the south, with Biggin Hill being the worst affected.

"We will continue to monitor local weather forecasts and respond accordingly.

The continuing icy conditions have made waste collections extremely challenging and we have reluctantly suspended collections at the moment.

"We are continuing to monitor local weather conditions and are anticipating salting the major routes prior to an anticipated snowfall later today.

"From a snow clearance perspective, the first 24 hours are crucial and whilst we will be doing what we can to clear snow from major routes, if you feel able to you can help clear snow from the pavement when you are clearing the entrance to your property simply by brushing the snow to the side of the pavement or to a place where it will not cause an obstruction."

For information about school closures due to the weather conditions, go to www.bromley.gov.uk.

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