Snow joke as ice hits town drivers

A car which spun off the road on Cloughton Bank, in difficult snowy weather conditions on Thursday evening. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120666a
A car which spun off the road on Cloughton Bank, in difficult snowy weather conditions on Thursday evening. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120666a
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CONDITIONS on Scarborough’s roads are expected to remain treacherous this weekend – with some residents already counting the cost of the arctic conditions.

Temperatures are barely expected to rise above 0C today and the Met Office and police have said that ice is likely to continue to cause havoc in the Scarborough area.

Bus stops on Colescliffe Road, where EYMS buses stopped running due to being 'attacked' by youths throwing snowballs on the evening of Feb 9th. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120667d 10/02/12

Bus stops on Colescliffe Road, where EYMS buses stopped running due to being 'attacked' by youths throwing snowballs on the evening of Feb 9th. Picture by Andrew Higgins 120667d 10/02/12

Already, a car has careered into the Scarborough headquarters of the Samaritans and other vehicles have slid off roads because of the weather.

Bus services in Scarborough have been diverted after they came under attack from snowball-throwing youths.

Bin collections by Scarborough Council were also delayed yesterday and the local authority did not guarantee that all scheduled collections would be made.

Mary Porter, publicity officer for Scarborough Samaritans, said the car hitting the building on Thursday night was the fourth such incident in three years. She claimed that North Yorkshire County Council had previously refused to act but that a new request would be made in light of the latest crash.

Building hit by car again'The Samaritans Headquarters on Barwick Terrace'Picture by Neil Silk  120672a'10/02/12

Building hit by car again'The Samaritans Headquarters on Barwick Terrace'Picture by Neil Silk 120672a'10/02/12

She added: “Samaritans were on duty when a loud crash was heard - once again a vehicle had collided with our building.

“Again it was a vehicle travelling down Barwick Street towards Barwick Terrace which was unable to stop at the junction due to ice on the road.

“The exterior of our building has again been damaged, our visitors door is unusable and one of the interior doors cannot be opened, so at this time we cannot give service to callers at the door.

“We are concerned about the safety of our volunteers working in the centre, we are concerned for pedestrians and also for motorists.”

The number five and six bus services were prevented from travelling down Colescliffe Road on Thursday evening for an hour because of snowballs.

East Yorkshire Motor Services commercial manager, Bob Rackley, said: “The children were asked to stop. It’s not very funny if you’re trying to drive a bus. It’s dangerous and can cause accidents.”

There were 32 traffic collisions in North Yorkshire yesterday, although there were no serious injuries.

Chief Inspector John Wilkinson said: “If it is snowing or the roads are icy only travel if your journey is absolutely necessary.”