Rhondda residents warned of travel disruption as snow is expected

13 January 2016

Rhondda residents are warned to check regularly for travel updates as the Met Office predicts freezing conditions and snow will hit Wales this week.

Snow is forecast in several parts of Wales on Thursday 14th, with widespread falls on higher ground across Wales on the morning of Friday 15th.

Sleet and freezing conditions is also forecast, which is set to cause disruption to travel across Wales.

Traveline Cymru is urging those looking to get out and about during the bad weather conditions to use its free transport information service to keep abreast of the latest changes.

The Welsh Government information service has a dedicated webpage for travel during snow and icy conditions http://www.traveline.cymru/special-events/snow-and-icy-weather-travel-info/.

Jo Foxall, marketing manager at Traveline Cymru, said: “Whether travelling by train, bus or car, people all over the country could be at risk should the snow and ice come in.

“It is important that people are aware that during hazardous conditions transport services may be cancelled or curtailed at short notice and roads may close to ensure the public’s health and safety.”

Paul Gundersen, chief meteorologist at The Met Office said: “A complex area of low pressure will track into the cold air across the UK, with precipitation showing an increasing tendency to turn to snow in places.

“The heaviest snow is most likely in the overnight period leading to some very tricky conditions for the Thursday morning commute. With this in mind, people should keep up to date with the latest forecast, as the areas affected and the amounts of snow could change.”

Jo continued: “We have a number of ways people can access travel information, through our bilingual website, call centre and via our social media channels @TravelineCymru. Our suite of services are regularly updated with the latest travel information so we’re urging people to check them before traveling, especially during bad weather conditions.”

Traveline Cymru provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for travel information in Wales. The not-for-profit company is based on a partnership between the Welsh Government, public transport operators in Wales and Welsh local authorities. It provides route and timetable information for all bus, coach and rail services in the country via a bilingual website www.traveline-cymru.info, its call centre (0300 200 22 33) and a suite of services for mobile phone users, including a bilingual app.

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