Snow In Kent - Part Two
Things are starting to get back to normal after the big freeze
GENERAL ADVICE FROM KENT POLICE
The advice from Kent Police is:
- Check the weather forecast and road conditions for your journey and destination before you travel
- Make sure you have full visibility before driving, taking time to de-mist and de-ice all windows and lights on the vehicle. Snow should be removed from your vehicle before travelling.
- Poor weather conditions mean it can be harder for drivers to see, so use your lights
- When the roads are wet and icy it can take twice as long to stop your vehicle, so slow down
- In poor visibility be extra alert for hazards
- Carry warm waterproof clothing, food, water and a torch in your vehicle in case weather conditions mean you have to stop
- Make sure you have plenty of fuel for your journey before you set off
- Pedestrians and cyclists, be vigilant and make sure you can be seen however you are travelling - this includes using lights and wearing high visibility clothing
Members of the public are reminded to only call 999 if a crime is in progress or life is in danger. All other calls to the police should be directed to the single non-emergency number of 01622 690690.
Thursday 23 December
We're expecting to operate the normal timetable service today. Again there will be fewer carriages on some services as trains need servicing, repair and maintenance. And there are likely to be some cancellations through the day.
Again today FCC is operating a reduced timetable again and so we will run a half hourly service between Sevenoaks and City Thameslink.
THE CHRISTMAS GETTAWAY
Thousands are still trying to leave the country through Kent this week for Christmas gettaways.
The Port of Dover has told Heart - they've got baby milk, blankets and toiletries at the ready in case people get stuck there.
If you are flying this weekend check with your ariport first. BA has cancelled all its flights in and out of Heathrow and Gatwick until at least 5pm today (Saturday).
Practical steps to help you stay warm and healthy over Christmas include:
- Having regular hot drinks and at least one hot meal a day, eating regularly helps to keep energy levels up during winter
- Wearing several light layers of warm clothes
- Keeping as active as possible
- Remembering to wrap up warm if you need to go outside on cold days
- If you are indoors, close your curtains, use draught excluders and insulate your doors and windows as best you can 14 this will keep the heat in and help to reduce your bills
- Set the thermostat to 21°C (70°F) and the timer to come on before you get up. If you can't heat all of the rooms you use, heat the living room throughout the day and your bedroom just before you go to bed
- If it's very cold, set your heating to come on earlier rather than turning the thermostat up
- Set your timer so that the heating switches off after you've gone to bed.
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