Snow update for Finsbury Park
By LiseS | Sunday, December 19, 2010, 12:23
Yesterday's heavy snow brought picturesque winter scenes to Finsbury Park, but local councils are warning residents to take care and prepare for some travel and service disruptions. Here's a quick round-up.
Roads and pavements
Main routes through the area are looked after by Transport for London and have been kept open thanks to 24-hour gritting plans. Teams from Haringey and Islington councils have also been out gritting key routes, and Islington Council has been trialling its new "safethaw" brine solution for pavements. Haringey has increased the number of grit bins in the are for residents' use.
Not all roads will be gritted and even gritted pavements can still be slippery with melted slush, so the advice remains to be careful when out on the streets. Check our our winter driving tips if heading out in the car, and remember the number one tip for winter conditions is to stay at home if your journey can be avoided. Remember to take blankets, a flask of hot drink and a fully-charged mobile phone with you.
Parks and Leisure facilities
Outdoor spaces may be closed and access restricted if the snow continues. Take care when walking with children to play areas as these pavements may not be gritted.
Many leisure centres are closing early in the current conditions. Check http://www.aquaterra.org/facilities.aspx before heading out to Sobell or Cally Pool.
Delays are likely on Underground routes. TfL is currently reporting a good service on the Victoria Line but severe delays on the Piccadilly Line. Check before you travel at http://www.tfl.gov.uk/tfl/livetravelnews/realtime/tube/default.html and leave extra time for your journey.
Heathrow Airport is not accepting arrivals today (Sunday 19
December) due to a buildup of ice, and will only manage a few departures - contact your airline before travelling to the airport. The airport is preparing for a for a full re-opening on Monday. For further
information and updates see this page. Gatwick and Stansted are open, but delays are likely.
Enjoy the snow but do wrap up warm and keep an eye on elderly neighbours. Let us know if any services near you are closed or disrupted.