Kent and Medway schools closed after weekend snow

Train in Rochester. Pic by Mick Hansford
Image caption Southeastern said it was operating a normal timetable although there has been some disruption

A number of schools across Kent and Medway were affected by the weekend's snowfall and icy conditions.

Nearly 20 were either closed or partially closed on Monday after the Met Office warned that ice was likely to be a hazard on roads and pavements.

Southeastern hoped to operate a normal timetable although some routes suffered minor disruption.

Kent Police warned motorists to take extra care due to freezing fog and black ice across the county.

Eurotunnel and ferry operators were operating a full service on Monday.

Frozen ponds

Network Rail said it had worked throughout the night to keep the railway network free of ice and also repair infrastructure problems caused by the conditions over the last couple of days.

On Sunday it was only able to run a limited service across Kent.

Arriva said most of its bus routes were running normally although some services on country roads were being assessed.

Meanwhile, the Royal Life Saving Society Kent Branch has urged people to be careful around frozen ponds, lakes and canals.

The water safety organisation warned that deep snow could make it very difficult to see where the edge of the water begins.

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