Snow in Sheffield suspends bus services as schools and universities also forced to shut

Bus services were suspended and schools and universities were forced to close during three days of heavy snow that brought Sheffield to a standstill.

People in the city were told to only travel if “absolutely necessary” by the city council after heavy snowfall on Thursday night meant buses and trains were delayed and cancelled – affecting thousands of journeys.

First Bus South Yorkshire suspended many of their services on Friday blaming the “adverse weather conditions” and apologising to their customers on Twitter.

Shortly afterwards Stagecoach Yorkshire announced that they had also suspended almost all their routes on Friday morning and they were sorry that buses were unable to run in a blow to those in the city reliant on these services to travel to work.

A First South Yorkshire bus passes a car covered in snow on Fulwood Road, Sheffield.

There were also mass school closures across Sheffield following the early closing of 10 schools in the city on Thursday afternoon according to Sheffield City Council.

All schools had reopened on Monday morning. 

The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University were also both forced to close due to the weather conditions on Friday.

Mary Vincent, Vice President of Education at The University of Sheffield said: “Safety is our primary concern and due to the heavy snow the University has closed the majority of the campus.”

On social media a photo was circulating among the Sheffield community of a message saying “Get Well Soon!” carved out on the roof of Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital car park so it could be seen by the hospital patients unable to go outside to enjoy the weather.

Sheffield was given an amber weather warning by the Met Office for Thursday and Friday with the city waking up to a blanket of snow on Friday despite the best efforts of the councils gritting operations the night before.

There are more than 2,200 grit bins across the city available for use in this weather and in a statement on its website, Sheffield City Council said “We grit over 60% of the highway network in priority order”.

Written by Christian Wood

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