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Schools in Croydon reopen after snow, but transport chaos continues

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CROYDON'S schools are reopening today after many closed for two days due to the snow. The vast majority of primary and secondaries across the borough closed at lunchtime on Friday, with all but a handful remaining closed yesterday, due to difficult travelling conditions for staff and parents. Today (Tuesday) schools have reopened, but the weather still is causing chaos to Croydon's transport network. Train operator Southern is warning of some cancellations and minor delays through East Croydon station, with similar conditions at West Croydon station. However, temporary timetables are still in operation for routes including Epsom and Sutton to Croydon and London Bridge, East Croydon to Brighton, Reigate and central London, and Purley and East Croydon to Victoria and London Bridge. Commuters have been taking to Twitter this morning to complain of late-running and packed trains, with announcers at East Croydon sending passengers running between platforms. Many passengers said the revised timetables offered so few trains that carriages were full by the time they arrived at East Croydon, with commuters there having to wait more than an hour to squeeze onto a service. First Capital Connect was warning of minor delays in both directions from East Croydon, but major delays for Thameslink passengers. On the roads, a high weight of traffic as many commuters return to the office has been compounded by poor conditions in many areas and roadworks. The temporary roadworks on the A23 at Merstham are causing long tailbacks for drivers, with reports of very long delays around Coombe Road in South Croydon where work is ongoing to repair the bridge. The Croydon tramlink is said to be running a good service. Croydon Council said staff were continuing to grit priority roads and had also begun to treat secondary routes. You can see which areas will be salted online here. The council said that yesterday about 20% of recycling and 30% of refuse collections were made, and residents were asked to leave their bins out again today. Missed collections can be reported online here. The council is also advising people to make sure that they stay warm, and to check on elderly neighbours. No more snow is forecast for this week, but the Met Office is warning of widespread ice and temperatures as low as -6C. The mercury is likely to hover around freezing until Saturday, when highs of 5C are predicted.

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