UPDATED: East Midlands Airport runway reopens
EAST Midlands Airport is now open after being forced to close earlier today because of the heavy snow fall.
The runway is now open after successfully being cleared by staff.
All flights appear to be running on time.
But the Met Office has predicted a further 2-5cm of snow is expected to fall across Derbyshire by midnight tonight. A spokeswoman said motorists should take care on the roads and to expect icy conditions
Two accidents in the Spondon area of the A52 caused gridlock. The first happened on the Nottingham-bound carriageway and resulted in one vehicle facing the wrong way and blocking one lane.
Another happened on the slip road onto the Derby-bound carriageway.
Both incidents are now clear.
Elsewhere, an accident happened along the eastbound carriageway of the A50 near Aston-on-Trent, closing one lane.
Slow traffic built up on the A52 between the Markeaton Lane junction and Markeaton Island due to snow and roadworks.
There was also queuing traffic in both directions along Swarkestone Bridge due to the bad conditions.
Delays were also heavy on the A515 at Fenny Bentley due to a stuck lorry.
A combination of roadworks and snow led to stand-still traffic between Long Eaton and Breaston on the A6005.
Traffic along the A516 from Etwall into Derby was at a "snail's pace".
There were also hazardous driving conditions on St Alkmund's Way in Derby around The Cock Pit traffic lights, because of snow.
Other routes into Derby wereextremely slow, with some motorists saying their usual 15-minute commute into the city took well over an hour this morning.
Meanwhile, East Midlands Airport remains closed due to the bad weather. Passenagers are advised to contact their airline for updates. A spokeswoman said staff were working hard to clear the runways and paths but was unable to say when flights would get underway.
Trent Barton and Arriva said most of its services are running, although passengers are being told to expect delays.
East Midlands Trains has confirmed that services continue to run well, despite the heavy snowfall affecting large parts of the country overnight.
A full timetable is currently operating on all routes.
Managing director David Horne said: "We have put a huge amount of planning into preparing for the bad weather to keep our services running for customers. Our staff are working incredibly hard to keep our trains running and we have extra staff from all areas of our business out clearing snow from station platforms to help keep them safe for passengers.
"We're pleased to have been able to maintain our full timetable throughout the past few days despite some heavy snowfall affecting large parts of our network, and our services are currently running very well.
"We're currently providing a full service on all of our routes, but as with any form of transport, there are times when the severe weather can have an impact on the service we can operate.
"We will continue to monitor the weather conditions throughout the day and would advise passengers to keep an eye on how their local transport services are running.
"We'll be providing up to date information on our website and through Twitter so passengers can easily find the latest service updates before they travel."
Normal ticket restrictions currently apply on all East Midlands Trains services, although discretion may be used if a passenger has been unable to travel on their booked train service due to difficulties experienced whilst travelling to the station.
Mr Horne added: "We do understand that it may take people longer to get to the station due to some treacherous road conditions, and we would advise people to allow extra time for their journey to the station and speak to a member of our staff who can provide assistance with onward travel."
The Derbyshire Dales has been badly affected by the snow, with bin collections cancelled for the day.
A spokesman for the area's district council said: "Some good news is that enough staff have somehow managed to get into our four leisure centres in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Matlock and Wirksworth, so all are open for business, but please be aware that parking could well be a problem.
"Staff at Arc Leisure Matlock have managed to clear the driveway up to the lower pedestrian entrance, but the main car parks are not accessible.
"Our weekly Bakewell stallmarket has been cancelled but the Monday livestock market at our Agricultural Business Centre in Bakewell is apparently going ahead as planned.
"So far as waste & recycling collections go, there's no chance of our crews getting out onto the roads today.
"A supervisor has been out on today's routes and it simply isn't safe to do the collections, so we'll be playing catch-up for the rest of this week. Our advice to residents is please leave your bins out and we'll get to you just as soon as we can."
South Derbyshire District Council also announced its bin collections have been cancelled for today. A spokesman said: "Our refuse and recycling collections have been cancelled today due to the icy conditions. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes.
"We will return on your next scheduled collection to pick up any side refuse from your black wheeled bin and any additional recyclables.
"The Civic Offices, as well as our leisure centres in Etwall and Swadlincote, remain open as normal. Take care when travelling."
Treetops services has released details of how the snow is affecting its services. Its website states:
- Day Care is open to those who can safely get here, but our volunteer drivers are not working today so the majority of guests are not in.
- Hospice at Home services are working as normal.
- Bereavement support services are working as normal.
- The majority of retail, Lottery, fundraising, volunteering services, admin and finance staff are working normally.
Meanwhile, the Strategic Governance Board meeting, to which the public are invited, between the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner and the Chief Constable, due to be held this afternoon has been cancelled due to the adverse weather conditions.
Amber Valley Borough Council's Planning Board meeting scheduled to take place on Monday 21 January at Ripley Town Hall, has been postponed due to the adverse weather. The meeting has provisionally be re-arranged to take place at 7pm on Monday 28 January 2013.
East Staffordshire Borough Council has also cancelled a planning application committee meeting planned for this afternoon, due to the bad weather.
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