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Sudden ice chill strikes the borough

PUBLISHED: 15:58 23 December 2009 | UPDATED: 10:40 12 August 2010

COO-L CUSTOMERS: Pigeons take it easy on a park bench in Biggin Hill

COO-L CUSTOMERS: Pigeons take it easy on a park bench in Biggin Hill

HEAVY snow caused travel chaos as it settled on a thin layer of ice after many of the 500 miles of road in the borough remained un-gritted. Bromley council had already used 1,500 tonnes of salt by Monday but this did not prevent the travel misery experi

BRRR: Chislehurst High Street

HEAVY snow caused travel chaos as it settled on a thin layer of ice after many of the 500 miles of road in the borough remained un-gritted.

Bromley council had already used 1,500 tonnes of salt by Monday but this did not prevent the travel misery experienced by thousands of motorists and pedestrians as hundreds of roads became treacherous.

Workers trying to get home after the latest flurry began on Monday afternoon at approximately 4pm, reported taking more than an hour to get from Sidcup to Chislehurst and more than three hours to get from Chislehurst to Biggin Hill.

In all that time, drivers, say they did not see one grit lorry. And drivers were left gobsmacked as buses in Pickhurst Lane, Bromley, skidded onto the pavement.

Joe Oakley said: "We all knew it was coming, it was forecast on the morning and lunchtime TV, so why didn't Bromley council grit the hill which is a bus route.

"It may have prevented the 138 from coming a cropper."

The president of the AA, Edmund King, said the organisation had had its busiest day in a decade, on Monday, with its own patrols getting stuck.

This came after up to 20cm of snow fell in parts of Kent last Friday (18) leading to scores of school closures in Bromley.

Environment councillor Colin Smith said: "Keeping main routes clear always has to be the priority and whilst sub-zero conditions persist, we have to keep re-salting these routes." Meals on wheels and care services in Bromley are running as near to normal as possible.

A spokesperson for Bromley council said: "Please look out for elderly and vulnerable neighbours during periods of severe weather."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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