Schools and cemeteries shut as bin collections cancelled

CRESCENT LINK ROAD. . . .Blizzard-like conditions yesterday made driving treacherous yesterday afternoon as traffic was almost brought to a halt at Crescent Link with cars being unable to make it up the hill. INLS0215MC011

CRESCENT LINK ROAD. . . .Blizzard-like conditions yesterday made driving treacherous yesterday afternoon as traffic was almost brought to a halt at Crescent Link with cars being unable to make it up the hill. INLS0215MC011

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Bin collection has become the latest casualty of the heavy snow fall across Derry and the north west.

Derry City Council have now confirmed that all refuse collections in the city are suspended this morning due to the adverse weather conditions.

All civic amenity sites will also be closed this morning due to the weather conditions.

Updates on this situation are expected later today.

Cemeteries are also closed to the public except to facilitate funerals today.

All parks and play areas will be open as normal today, although the situation will be regularly reviewed.

At City of Derry Airport meanwhile Ryanair flight FR 611 scheduled to arrive from London Stansted at 08:25 was expected to be delayed by around 40 minutes. As a result Ryanair FR612 to London Stansted was also expected to be delayed for a short time.

A spokeswoman said: “All other flights are expected to arrive and depart on time today. Passengers are advised to allow extra time for their journey to the Airport today, as heavy snow fall has made driving conditions difficult.

“Further updates are available via - www.cityofderryairport.com”

A Derry City Council spokeswoman meanwhile said: “All of the above is under constant review and further updates will be available later this morning and via our website at www.derrycity.gov.uk/serviceupdates.”

Motorists have been urged to drive with extreme care on local roads today.

The Western Trust has confirmed that a small number of staff had to stay in Altnagelvin Hospital overnight.

“We have planned arrangements in place for such eventualities,” a spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile dozens upon dozens of schools across the north west meanwhile have been closed today because of the weather.

Latest school closures announced in Derry, Limavady and Strabane are: Oakgrove Integrated College; St Colmcille’s PS & NU, Claudy; Gaelscoil na Daróige; Lisnagelvin Nursery School; Gaelscoil Léim an Mhadaidh, Limavady; Mullabuoy PS and Pre-School Centre, Lettershandoney; Lisnagelvin PS; Strathfoyle Nursery School; Ebrington PS; St Columba’s PS, Newbuildings; Thornhill College; Drumahoe PS; St Patrick’s College, Dungiven; St Columb’s College; Eglinton PS; Ballykelly PS, Limavady; Glendermott PS, Ardmore; Foyle College; Cumber Claudy PS, Claudy; Limavady High School, Limavady; Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir, Derry; St Eugene’s PS, Derry; Roe Valley Integrated PS, Limavady; St Mary’s PS, Altinure, Derry; St Cecelia’s College, Derry; Hollybush Primary & NU, Derry; St Canice’s PS, Feeny, Derry; Lumen Christi College, Derry. Nazareth House PS & NU, Derry; Eglinton Community Nursery, Derry; Oakgrove Integrated PS, Derry; Drumrane PS, Dungiven; St John’s PS, Derry; Long Tower PS & NU, Derry; Chapel Road PS, Derry; St Joseph’s Boys’ School, Derry; Limavady Central PS, Limavady; Rossmar School, Limavady; St Peter’s & St Paul’s PS, Foreglen, Derry; Academy Nursery School, Derry; Sacred Heart PS, Derry; Listress PS, Derry; Broadbridge PS, Derry; Culmore PS, Derry; Carnhill Nursery School, Derry; Holy Family PS, Derry; St Mary’s College, Derry; Newbuildings PS, Newbuildings; St Brigid’s PS, Carnhill, Derry; St Mary’s Gornaghey PS, Dungiven; Termoncanice PS & NU, Limavady; Holy Child PS, Creggan; Faughanvale PS, Greysteel; St Eithne’s PS, Derry; Greenhaw PS, Derry; St Paul’s PS & NU, Slievemore; Immaculate Conception College, Derry; Ashlea PS & NU, Tullyally; Good Shepherd PS & NU, Derry; Lisneal College, Derry; In Strabane schools closed to date include Killen Primary School, Castlederg; Donemana PS, Donemana; Artigarvan PS & NU, Strabane; Strabane Academy, Strabane; St Patrick’s PS, Dunamanagh; Gaelscoil Uí Dhochartaigh, Strabane; Knockavoe School & Resource Centre, Strabane; Loughash Primary School, Dunamanagh; St Patrick’s PS, Newtownstewart; Holy Cross College, Strabane; St Mary’s PS & NU, Strabane; St Patrick’s PS & NU, Castlederg; Arrestees Jubilee PS, Newtownstewart; Evish PS, Strabane; Newtownstewart Model PS, Newtownstewart; St Caireall’s PS, Castlederg; Ardstraw Jubilee PS, Newtownstewart.