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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 31 January

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

  1. Good evening

    Thanks for reading today.

    South Live will be back tomorrow with an earlier page starting at 06:00 to bring you updates about the snow overnight, and any disruption it causes.

  2. Train passengers urged to check before travel

    Train passengers are being advised to check before they travel tomorrow morning.

    Network Rail has issued a statement warning that the snow and freezing conditions may result in cancellations.

    Chief operating officer David Dickson said: “We have been working hard with South Western Railway, and our other train operators, to prepare for cold weather on this route so we can keep our passengers moving through winter.

    “With snow and freezing conditions expected, we are asking passenger to please check before they travel tomorrow morning.”

  3. Vintage bus sent away for repaint

    Oxford Bus Company bus on low loader

    For anyone wondering if they really did see a vintage bus on the back of a low loader, it's because the Oxford Bus Museum is sending one of its exhibits to Yorkshire for a paint job.

    The 1961 Dennis Loline II (304 KFC) is off to Selby, where it will have its front end straightened and get a complete repaint, its first in more than 20 years.

    Museum trustee Chris Butterfield said: "Although the Loline is in running order, 180 miles is a long way for a bus almost 60 years old and the trustees decided it was safer to send it on a low loader."

  4. Ferry service 'suspended' as snow moves in

    It looks as though the Sandbanks Ferry is out of action as snow moves into Dorset.

    Up to 10cm is expected to fall tonight with schools in the county already announcing they will close tomorrow.

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  5. Dorset hillforts in line for restoration

    Hambledon Hill

    This drone image of Hambledon Hill yesterday shows the iron-age hill fort after a dusting of snow.

    The site, which is also a National Nature Reserve, is one of 13 Scheduled Monuments in Dorset and Wiltshire to benefit from part of a £800,000 grant to the National Trust by Postcode Earth Trust, funded by the People's Postcode Lottery.

    £100,000 will be used to reduce erosion and improve biodiversity at the sites, which also include Badbury Rings, Eggardon Hill, Pilsdon Pen, Lambert's Castle, Coney's Castle and Hod Hill.

  6. Schools to stay closed after transport cancelled

    Lytchett Minster School has said it will not open tomorrow after the cancellation of school buses by Dorset County Council.

    Both Damory Coaches and Morebus said they had been instructed not to run school transport in the county council's area.

    The school said its Year 10 parents' evening scheduled for tonight would also be postponed.

    The latest list of school closures and school transport disruption can be found on the Dorset For You website.

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