With winter finally starting to show its face, here are a few links you might find useful.
Birmingham City Council’s Weather Disruption page will display information including useful links to weather and travel information services and a full list of schools and their operating status.
School closures will also be announced on Free Radio and/or BBC WM radio. Please note: different schools use different media outlets e.g. Free Radio or BBC WM to report closures. Make sure you know which your school intends to use. You may find they will place an announcement on their school website, in the first instance, or send out group text messages if they use this kind of service. If your school does use a text or email messaging based service, make sure the contact details that they hold for you are up to date!
Buses and Trains affected by adverse weather will be posted on the Network West Midlands Service Updates page
A couple of years ago, BCC Newsroom produced a handy guide with winter weather travel tips.
For more information on how Birmingham City Council will be managing gritting and more this winter, see their Winter Maintenance 2013/14 FAQs
Local contributors to Open Street Map have mapped out gritting routes and priorities throughout Birmingham on a user generated map.
Last year, Birmingham City Council teamed up with eight other West Midlands local authorities and are using the twitter hashtag #wmgrit to post gritting updates throughout the region. You can follow the “Twitter Gritter” updates on twitter or view them in the widget below:
West Midlands Police advice to car owners not to leave their cars running unattended to de-ice on cold mornings to prevent opportunistic thefts.
So, take care this winter and don’t forget to keep an eye out for elderly and/or vulnerable neighbours, and be inspired by the great community spirit shown last winter!
If you know of any other useful local sources of help, advice & information relevant for the winter months, please leave a comment below.
- Birmingham City Council Weather Disruption Page
- Winter Driving tips from BCC
- Mappa Mercia Gritting Map
- Police Anti-Theft Advice
- Free Radio LIVE Travel Updated
- Network West Midlands Service Updates
- Travel West Midlands
- Birmingham International Airport
- Chiltern Trains
- Virgin Trains
- London Midland Trains