Leighton Buzzard has been turned into a winter wonderland, but while many have been out enjoying the snow, it has also caused widespread disruption.
Arriving in the early hours of Sunday morning, the snow gave families the chance to chill out in the wintry weather, but it also proved challenging for those with organised events, or who needed to travel in treacherous conditions.
Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway’s Santa Special trains were cancelled yesterday with a spokesman saying: “It’s the first time the weather has stopped our trains in 50 years! We will be contacting all pre-booked customers during the coming few days to advise of rebooking and refund options, so please bear with us.”
And the Leighton Linslade Rotary Club’s Santa float trip to the Brooklands area was put on ice, although he is aiming to try again on December 19.
Staff at Rushmere Country Park in Heath and Reach had to close down the site yesterday too with the Christmas Crafts and Curios event and a planned performance by the Heath Band a victim of the weather.
Bedfordshire Police said it had received a large number of calls about collisions across the county and that a number of roads were blocked due to the weather. This included Heath Road near Sandy Lane due to a dangerous tree.
Peter Banwell reported the fallen trees to the Highways Team at Central Bedfordshire Council. He said: “A number of trees have fallen in Heath Road near the turning for Sandy Lane.
“They fell yesterday afternoon, the Highways team came out and closed the road, they are back today trying to clear the trees and make the road safe for drivers.
“They are big massive trees, some of them are 50-60 foot tall. They are hoping to have the road open this afternoon.”
Emergency services were also called to a car in a ditch at 4.40pm on Sunday on the A4146 between Galley Lane, Great Brickhill, and Stoke Road, Stoke Hammond.
And today, the majority of schools in the Leighton Buzzard have been closed, although some lower schools and nurseries have managed to stay open. Check out the list here https://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/webApps/SOS/
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