LiveDisruption as snow hits Harwich and Manningtree

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  • Two to three inches of snow in Harwich
  • Some disruption to Manningtree rail services
  • Some buses see delays


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Signing off for the day. There are currently no changes to First bus services or Greater Anglia than what has previously been reported. Please note previous updates which state there are some train cancellations on the London to Norwich line.

Stay safe on the roads and pavements and if you spot anything, see any helpful neighbours, or want to send us your photos email


Greater Anglia has announced more trains will be cancelled due to the weather.

The cancelled trains are:

15.52 from Ipswich to London Liverpool Street due 17.16

16:53 Colchester to London Liverpool Street due 17:53

18:18 London Liverpool Street to Ipswich due 19:39

18:38 London Liverpool Street to Ipswich due 20:03

19:52 Ipswich to London Liverpool Street due 21:16

20:22 Ipswich to Colchester due 20:45



All school bus routes by First Group are running as normal


Greater Anglia has cancelled the 18.18 from Liverpool Street to Ipswich due to the weather. The operator said all other services between London and Norwich were running OK at present.


Essex County Council's gritter has made it to Harwich and is currently salting Freshfields Road in Parkeston having just gritted the A120 in Dovercourt.


Sunday's weather also promises snow throughout the day. The heaviest shower is predicted between 3pm and 6pm.


Snow is predicted throughout tomorrow, Saturday January 19, with the heaviest showers between 6am and 12pm. Drivers are reminded to take care on the roads as there will be icy conditions.


The temperature is not going to rise above freezing this weekend, according to the Met Office. There is an amber warning for snow throughout the day today, Friday, January 18.


An Essex County Council gritter is currently making its way up Bradfield Road, Wix, towards Bradfield.


If you are affected by the bad weather call the newsroom on 01255 221221.


No school closures for Harwich or Manningtree areas. We will continue to monitor.


The Stansted Express train is operating normally.


Harwich International Port has said all ships are arriving and leaving as normal.


If you're out in the snow with your camera send in your photos and they could be featured online or in the Harwich and Manningtree Standard. Email them with your name, where you're from (street and area), and a brief description of what is in the photograph, to


Light sleet is falling at Stansted Airport and snow teams are on standby but flights are operating as normal.

Stansted advises fliers to check their airline’s website for the latest information.


Gritters are out in force to keep vital roads open despite overnight snowfall.

Salt-spreaders have been working from their depot in Ardleigh to keep the A120 and main roads in Harwich and Manningtree free of snow and ice.

Gritting is currently taking place in Lawford and Manningtree as the battle against the ice continues.


In Harwich the three and four bus service has been running as normal from 8.40 but may suffer delays.

The 103 and 104 service to Colchester is only operating on the 104 route and is experiencing delays in Harwich.

The 20 and 20a service is just running the 20 route and is experiencing delays in Harwich.

Travellers are urged to take extra care when boarding or exiting vehicles as the pavements are icy.


Commuters at Manningtree station faced long waits this morning after the London Liverpool Street to Ipswich route was affected by bad weather.

The London Liverpool Street to Ipswich service, calling at Manningtree at 10.12am was cancelled while the Ipswich to London Liverpool Street, supposed to call at Manningtree at 9.40 did not stop.


Residents woke up to see a light covering over parked cars and driveways this morning. Up to three inches of snow fell overnight in Harwich.

John Serjeant of Highfield Avenue, Dovercourt, said: “It’s started coming down around between 10.30pm and midnight last night.

“There are maybe two or three inches but down the side roads there has been no grit so traffic has been going slowly.”


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