Motorists urged to obey road closures

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Officers from Cheshire Police are urging motorists not to ignore road closure signs following reports of trapped vehicles.

Over the past 24 hours officers have dealt with multiple reports of vehicles trapped in the snow in the east of the county, which has resulted in a number of vehicles being abandoned.

Whilst the snow has now stopped a number of roads are still impassable due to snowdrifts caused by high winds. Officers are also urging motorists not to attempt to collect any abandoned vehicles at the current time.

Inspector Penny Jones said: "Public safety is our priority and while the road closures may be an inconvenience, please do not ignore them as they are there for a reason.

"While the snow itself has now subsided, the high winds have caused substantial snowdrifts around the Macclesfield and Congleton areas and road conditions are treacherous in places.

"In addition we have also had multiple reports of fallen trees, which have come down due to the strong winds."

The following roads remain closed at the current time:

• A54 Bosley traffic lights to Buxton
• A537 Buxton New Road
• B5470 Tower Hill

In addition to the above a number of minor routes are also closed.

Inspector Jones added: "My main message to all motorists is to take extra care whilst out and about, where roads are closed please obey the closures and find an alternative route.

"Even where roads are open, motorists should take extra care as the situation is constantly changing, with fallen trees and debris on the roads."