Sunday, June 24, 2018

Snow in Denbighshire – Update at 6.40pm


Our gritting teams have been working tirelessly over the past 24 hours, often in difficult driving conditions. They have carried on working throughout the day and were out gritting at lunchtime. Teams will be out and about again at 7pm this evening as well as 3am tomorrow morning.

Temperatures have really struggled throughout the day and hopefully by tomorrow lunchtime we will see temperatures above zero.

The Horseshoe Pass remains closed – we are working tirelessly to get it re-opened but we’re having to contend with sheet ice.

In terms of other routes, most of them are now clear, but there are some issues remaining in the Dee Valley and the Llangollen area off the main routes.

Hand salting has taken place in Denbigh, Rhyl, Prestatyn and St Asaph today. Tomorrow the teams will be out and about in the south of the county to do more hand gritting in rural areas.

Two crews are being kept back to deal with welfare issues and urgent customer needs.

Here’s ;an interesting fact - ; Since Thursday morning, our gritting teams have driven over 7,506 miles across the county. ; And one little anecdote from social media – a Denbighshire resident travelled all the way from Lancashire in the terrible conditions on Friday and only came across a gritter when he reached Denbighshire.

Based on assessments this morning and earlier this afternoon, we are suspending some routes and allowing others to operate. This is subject to schools being open (details progressively on DCC’s website). Where contracts run, contractors will need to undertake their usual fluid risk assessment as to whether they can undertake all or part of the route, ensuring that learners transported in can also return.

Transport can operate as normal to all schools except from Denbigh & farther south to Tir Morfa/Plas Cefndy/Milestones which will NOT OPERATE.

All school buses except as mentioned below can operate as normal using main roads where necessary. This includes from the Nantglyn and Henllan areas.

Taxis and all feeders will NOT OPERATE.

Tremeirchion and Cefn Meiriadog/Groesffordd Marli routes will NOT OPERATE. Bodfari to Glan Clwyd will NOT OPERATE but Bodfari to Denbigh High/St Brigid’s can operate.

The bus turning area will be ploughed this afternoon and the following can operate: from Mold via Llanarmon yn Iâl; from the Denbigh direction; from Llandyrnog; from Llanynys.

Other services will NOT OPERATE including from Corwen and Clawdd Poncen/Pwllglas; from Maeshafn/Eryrys/Graianrhyd; and from Cyffylliog/Bontuchel.

We are advising Conwy that the bus from Cerrig, Llanfihangel & Clawddnewydd should NOT OPERATE.

Taxis and all feeders will NOT OPERATE.


NO TRANSPORT to rural primaries. This includes Carrog, Gwyddelwern, Carreg Emlyn, Betws GG, Dro Dyfrdwy, Caer Drewyn, Llanarmon/Llandegla, Cefn Meiriadog, Bodfari, Henllan, Pant Pastynog, Llanfair DC, Pentrecleyn, Bro Cinmeirch, Bro Elwern, Bryn Coch, Bryn Collen, Y Gwernant, Dyffryn Iâl, Llanbedr DC, Rhewl, Glanrafon, Trelawnyd, Mynydd Isa, Terrig.

Transport to town centre primaries from higher level routes will NOT OPERATE (e.g. to Pen Barras, Borthyn, Twm o’r Nant).

Transport to operate other than from higher level routes.

Transport will NOT OPERATE.

College buses and coaches to operate as normal. Feeders will NOT OPERATE. Corwen to Northop taxi will NOT OPERATE.

Ruthin via Llanarmon yn Iâl will operate. Eryrys/Graianrhyd will NOT OPERATE.

Buses can operate. Taxi from Marli/Cefn Meiriadog will NOT OPERATE.

T3 will operate. Feeders will NOT OPERATE.

As you are aware, all schools to the south of the A55 have been closed during the day today, as well as some schools in the north which closed due to staffing issues.

A number of schools have already confirmed that they will not be opening on Tuesday. The full list is being constantly updated on our website. ;See link below.

Here are the plans for Tuesday:


Anticipating majority of Ruthin’s collections will be completed (although we understand that some housing estate areas may be difficult to access)


Trefnant / Clwydian park ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

No issues expected in this area


Anticipating issues in gaining access to housing estate areas

Aberwheeler down through Llandyrnog to Gellifor and Clwydian Range down to Llanbedr DC

Anticipating ;significant issues. Collections unlikely in these areas but assessment will be made in the morning.


We are currently behind on Friday’s collections (Corwen down to Llandrillo, BetwsGG and Bryneglwys), as well as Monday’s collections (Denbigh area, and Nantglyn east to A525). Residents are asked to leave their bins out and we will collect as soon as possible (but this may be several days later than normal collection day).

All libraries (apart from St Asaph which is being refurbished) have opened today and they are expected to open as normal on Tuesday.

The Council’s website has had a total of 148,800 page views since December 4th, with 55,000 of those to the school closures pages. The website normally gets 70,000 views a month. And on social media our messages have been seen 566,056 times – with 6,331 engagements (people either commenting on or sharing our information).

Source: (Mon Dec 11th 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

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