With the temperatures dropping and sleet and snow battering parts of Greater Manchester, Metrolink is doing all it can to keep the tram network running smoothly. To make sure the lines don’t freeze up overnight, TfGM will be running ‘ice breaker trams’. Despite their impressive sounding name, an ice breaker tram is in fact, just a normal tram. The difference is, they will be run throughout the night to help prevent ice from building on the overhead lines. No special equipment is involved in the process, although the trams are fitted with gritters that allow them to grit the network as needed. Read more of today's top stories here There will be about seven or eight of these trams running across the network tonight. KeolisAmey Metrolink teams will also be gritting the network and clearing any snow if need and we will be updating the public via our social media. Meanwhile, should it snow overnight, Metrolink is advising passengers to check Twitter for updates about … [Read more...] about What is an ‘ice breaker’ Metrolink tram?
What makes clear ice
BLACK ice can prove a nightmare for drivers navigating treacherous, slippery roads, and you won't even see it coming. Here's what we know about the dangers that come with wintry weather - and how to prepare yourself best for driving over the coldest months. The ice is commonly found on bridges, overpasses and parts of the road which are shaded by trees How to drive safely on ice? Driving in hazardous wintry conditions can challenge even the most experienced motorists. The best advice is to not drive unless absolutely necessary. If you genuinely do have to drive, make sure you prepare in case you get stranded in a snow drift. Make sure you clear all your windows – it’s actually illegal to drive if you can’t see out of all of them - and try to stick to major roads which should have been gritted. Also be sure you have a full tank of fuel, and check the oil and other engine fluids before you set off. You should also keep your distance, as it can take ten times as long to … [Read more...] about What is black ice and is it safe to drive on? Top tips for driving in the wintry UK weather
AS mornings get frostier and snowfall is on the horizon, drivers need to be careful - if you don't clear your windscreen properly you could be slapped with a huge fine as well as points on your licence. Here's how to de-ice your windscreen properly and avoid getting that fine. What is illegal about not de-icing your windscreen properly? In the rush to get to work, plenty will simply clear off just enough ice so that they can see through a tiny portion while leaving the rest obscured. But any driver caught with just a small window to see through, referred to as "porthole vision", could be subject to harsh penalties from police. If they can't see through the entire windscreen the car is deemed to be in a "dangerous condition". The highway code states this should be done before setting off: you MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows you MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible make sure the … [Read more...] about How to de-ice your windscreen effectively, how to avoid ‘potholing’ and can you get fined for doing it wrong?
With news that a high street 'summit' will take place next year to address problems facing town and city centres in the Wakefield district, we asked you what you think would help make our city and towns better. FULL STORY: High street 'summit' declared in Wakefield in bid to save city and town centresAnd here's what you said:Robert Anthony James Ingham: "Kick out the drunks from the centre and bring parking charges down and allow for longer parking. Simple really, just look at how the retail parks are doing it and copy it, no gangs, no drunks and no paying to park. Doesn't take a brain surgeon to work it out. I don't go into town because I can't do much in 1hr and hate paying to park when I already pay enough in vehicle tax."Carl Clawson: " Free and easy parking is the most obvious one. Keep the pubs/restraunts together by the theatre end and clean up/revamp the ridings end a bit, like some have said maybe a different approach in and around the Ridings other than just shops, look at … [Read more...] about What do our city and town centres need? You suggest an ice rink, lower parking charges and lower rent and rates
Storm Deirdre has seen temperatures plunge across much of Britain this weekend. 'Freezing rain' has created difficult conditions for drivers - particularly in the north of the country. Police in Dumfries and Galloway said "multiple" crashes have been reported on the M74 between junction 15 Moffat and junction 17 Lockerbie on Saturday. Meanwhile, Traffic Scotland tweeted that heavy snow is causing "treacherous conditions". The Met Office upgraded its weather warning to amber level and indicated that black ice could pose a threat to motorists. What is black ice? Sometimes also referred to as clear ice, the term is used to describe tricky conditions on roads and pavements. It refers to hardened, thick ice that is transparent meaning it looks as dark as the surface underneath. Black ice can often be left over after heavy snowfall. It's easy to to believe a surface is no longer slippy once white snow has cleared. This can lead to more accidents on the roads as drivers don't spot the hazard … [Read more...] about Top tips for driving on black ice as warning issued to UK motorists