Tyne & Wear

Tyneside and Northumberland travellers face disruption

Snow plough in Alnwick
Image caption Most major road routes are open after being treated

Travellers across Tyneside and Northumberland are being warned of continued difficulties as the cold snap continues into the coming week.

All major road routes are open, but Northern Rail trains from Morpeth to Chathil have been cancelled because of heavy snow.

Newcastle Airport is open but passengers have been urged to check with airlines before they travel.

Most bus services are operating with some restrictions on untreated estates.

National Express said train services on the East Coast Main Line were subject to a reduced timetable. The Tyne and Wear Metro is also operating a normal service.

Councils and the Highways Agency said major routes were continuing to be treated regularly.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: "Main roads across the force are passable with care, however freezing temperatures and existing snow and ice means they remain potentially hazardous.

"Therefore motorists are asked to take additional care if out and about, particularly when driving on untreated roads."

'Essential medicines'

Health officials have urged people to check on vulnerable neighbours after it emerged two elderly people had died in freezing conditions in Cumbria.

Stephen Groves, head of emergency preparedness at NHS North East, said: "We're asking everyone not only to look after themselves but to take time to check on those who are most vulnerable.

"Don't assume they are okay or that someone else has checked. Go and see for yourself as they may well have ran out of food and essential medicines.

"Such freezing temperatures significantly increase the risk of hypothermia for those who are most vulnerable and can cause complications with other illnesses and for people with long-term health conditions."

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