HEAVY snow in Croydon has led to schools and public buildings being shut and major delays on the public transport network. The majority of primary schools in the borough are now closed due to the weather conditions. Bradmore Green Library in Old Coulsdon and Sanderstead Library were closed at 1pm, with the rest being shut at 4pm. Croydon College will close at 4pm, while Carshalton Sixth Form College shut at midday. Lessons were also cancelled at John Ruskin College on Selsdon Park Road. Southern Railway is operating a revised timetable due to the snow, and there is currently a replacement bus service between Purley and Tattenham Corner due to the weather conditions. Trains leaving East Croydon station are running up to an hour and a half late, while those departing from West Croydon are currently showing as running on time or ten minutes late. First Capital Connect services through East Croydon station are also delayed by 45 minutes to one hour. The London Underground has delays and suspensions on the Circle, District, Metropolitan and Northern lines as well as London Overground from Richmond to Stratford, although some of the disruption has been caused by signal failures. London Tramlink is currently operating a good service. Council staff began gritting major routes at 5am. About 240km of roads in the borough are salted, including 'A' and 'B' roads, bus routes, areas around train, police, fire and ambulance stations and steep hills. You can see which roads are treated online here. There are not currently any reports of problems on major roads, but side roads are becoming icy as the snow compacts. People are advised to avoid driving in snow and ice if possible. However, the AA advises motorists who have to travel to leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front, to pull off gently in second gear to avoid wheel-spin and to avoid braking sharply. Croydon Council said refuse collectors started their routes half an hour early today, at 5.15am, and would try to reach all scheduled roads depending on conditions. Anyone can report a missed collection by filling out a form online. The snow is forecast to continue until the early hours.
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