Disruption in Dorset as icy conditions continue

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Bournemouth remains affected by icy conditions

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The snow and icy conditions have continued to cause disruption and cancellations across Dorset.

Rural roads, trains and public services have all been affected as temperatures plummeted to -8C (18F) overnight in Bournemouth.

More than 150 schools across the county were forced to close as were four day care centres.

Meanwhile Bournemouth Airport reopened its runway but Friday's flight to Tenerife will now depart on Saturday.

Passengers who were due to travel to Sharm el-Sheikh, in Egypt, on Thursday were delayed by ice on the runway.

They were put on coaches to Birmingham Airport earlier where the flight was rescheduled to depart.

South West Trains has operated a reduced service between Weymouth, Bournemouth and London Waterloo.

Passengers have been advised that a revised service will be in operation on Saturday, although a normal service is planned for Sunday.

'Compacted snow'

Although main roads are passable, untreated rural routes and pavements are still dangerous, police warned.

Four vehicles were involved in a pile up in Bournemouth at 0830 GMT blocking a road although no-one was injured.

In Poole, a drinks lorry carrying four tonnes of stock collided with a car, and police were also called to three accidents on Holes Bay Road after two cars crashed into a lamppost.

Dorset County Council said its gritters covered 680 miles (1,094km) of the county's road network overnight.

Sheep in the snow in Wimborne Sheep at the picturesque Badbury Rings on Friday morning

The council said it was concentrating on linking communities to the main road network and gritting main routes ready for overnight frosts.

Traffic levels have been described as "quiet", but motorists are being advised to take extra caution on the roads and avoid non-essential journeys.

The council said: "If they must travel, motorists are advised to stick to the salted network as much as possible and to take extra care."

It said salt supplies remained high, with enough left for 25 days at three to four runs per day.

Bournemouth Yellow Bus, First Bus and Wilts & Dorset Buses said most services were running, although some were restricted to main roads due to ice and compacted snow on minor routes.

Bin collections have been cancelled in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Purbeck and East and West Dorset as it was "too treacherous" to send vehicles and staff out.

Bournemouth University has closed its campuses due to the adverse conditions.

A university spokesperson said: "We are concerned about our staff and students' safety and security, we don't want people to struggle in."

The county's library network has also been shut down.

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