Disruption to school bus services due to fog and low temperatures across Cork

Cork is under a status yellow low temperature/ice warning until Friday at 12 noon
Disruption to school bus services due to fog and low temperatures across Cork

It will remain very cold through the week with widespread sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches. A robin on the icy grass at Farran Wood, Co. Cork, in the current spell of cold weather. Picture: Denis Minihane.

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Bus Éireann has said there have been disruptions to school services in Cork as a result of freezing fog and low temperatures.

Some services were unable to operate in Cork yesterday due to road conditions or school closures and there were also many services delayed.

A spokesperson for Bus Éireann said the company operates more than 8,000 school transport routes on behalf of the Department of Education.

The scheme is designed to provide transport for children living remotely from their closest school and often sees services operating on secondary roads.

As a result, school transport can experience more weather-related disruption than public transport services.

“Decisions as to whether a service can operate safely are based on highly localised knowledge and experience of the weather and road conditions, which are assessed each morning.

“In some cases, part of a route may operate while another section, perhaps on higher ground, may not. Safety is the priority and where it is safe to operate, every effort is made to do so.

“As much contact as possible is maintained with schools and families at local level where services are unavoidably disrupted,” the spokesperson said.

EARLIER: MOTORISTS are being advised to take extra care on their commute this morning as the cold snap continues. 

Met Eireann said it is very cold this morning with frost and ice lingering through much of the day but will remain generally dry and clear. Temperatues as low as -5c were expected this morning.

Cork is under a status yellow low temperature/ice warning until Friday at 12 noon.

It will remain very cold through the week with widespread sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches.

Some showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur, mainly near coasts. Accumulations at lower levels are expected to remain low with freezing fog at times, with winds remaining light over land.

Cork County Council’s Severe Weather Assessment Team convened yesterday following a meeting of the National Emergency Coordination Group.

The Council’s Road treatment programme will continue treating P1 and P2 routes and will now be extended to treat P3 routes together with town centre locations.

Local communities can also avail of grit stockpiles which are available across a number of locations.

The locations are available here Members of the public are asking to be aware of the possible impacts of this Orange Weather Warning, which include;

• Treacherous conditions on paths and roads.

• Travel disruption.

• Potential supply disruption.

• Potential for burst water pipes and damage to engines.

• Increased risks to vulnerable members of the community.

• Animal welfare issues.

• Slack winds over land leading to reduced wind power generation.

Motorists are asked to please slow down, allow extra time and be aware of other roads users, especially vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists.

• Be mindful of icy surface conditions.

• Check on vulnerable and isolated neighbours.

• Keep your phone charged and take it with you on all journeys.

• In an emergency dial 999 or 112 Details of the Council’s road treatment routes can be found by visiting.

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