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Welcome to the rolling news live blog where you'll find all the latest news and traffic, travel, sport and weather updates for Burton and the surrounding area.

If it's happening, you'll hear it here first.

If it's happening in the wider world and we think you'll be interested, this is where you will find it.

We will keep you up to date on all you need to know.

We're hoping you can be our eyes and ears in your own communities so if you spot something going on you can email reporter Helen Kreft at helen.kreft@burtonmail.co.uk or call us on 01283 245032.

Two further schools announce closures

St. Augustine’s CE(C) First, Draycott in the Clay is closed. A spokesman said: “Sorry for the late notice, we have tried to open School today but road conditions are treacherous and the access to School is too unsafe.”

Tynsel Parkes CE Primary Academy, Uttoxeter is also closed. A spokesman said: “I am very sorry for the late closure notice but the site is treacherous. It is too icy to be able to be accessed safely. Please take care. More information to follow about the Christmas coffee morning.”

Pingle Academy announces closure

The Pingle Academy in Swadlincote is closed due to ice

Two schools announce closures

Tower View Primary School has closed today. The school said: “The school site and surrounding area is too dangerous to get into and playgrounds / car parking is very dangerous. Thus school site is closed.”

Abbot Beyne School is opening at 10.30am today, saying: “Due to very icy conditions on the school site and the roads and pavements in the Winshill areas we will open at 10:30am to ensure that students and staff can travel to school safely and the site is made safe too for the rest of the day.”

Traffic chaos across Burton and South Derbyshire

The latest live maps show gridlocked traffic into Burton as motorists struggle with icy conditions for the fifth day this week

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Swarkestone road blocked after car skids into tree

A vehicle has skidded into a tree due to icy conditions this morning.

The A514 at Swarkestone is blocked in both directions between Woodshop Lane and Ward’s Lane. The road is partially blocked as a vehicle has skidded into a tree caused by ice.

Scene in Darklands Road

This is the scene in Darklands Road, Swadlincote, as motorists are being urged to stay away

Darklands Road incident
Darklands Road incident

Ice causing problems on roads across Burton and South Derbyshire

Roads in and out of Burton and South Derbyshire are becoming hazardous thanks to last night’s snow and freezing temperatures. There are reports of issues in Darklands Road, Swadlincote with cars slidding.

Heavy delays on A444 reported

Commuters using the A444 into work this morning are being advised to leave early as traffic builds up due to last night’s snowfall and frost

Staffordshire Fire was at the scene

A spokesperson for the service said: “We were called out at 5.05am to a van on its side on the A38 northbound between Branston and Claymills.

“No one was trapped in the vehicle and we made the van safe.”

Traffic now piling up as rush hour starts

Traffic is queueing up all the way past Branston and Tatenhill due to the collision.

Website Waze is now reporting that the average speed along the road northbound is around 8mph.

Latest live map of the roads

The latest live map shows congestion on the A38 and Derby Road and Derby Street

Latest A38 map
Latest A38 map (Image: Waze)

Standstill traffic in Burton due to road closure

Standstill traffic has been reported in Derby Road and Derby Street, Burton, as motorists are using the roads as diversion during A38 closure between Branston and Claymills.

Snow causes bus changes

More snow last night has caused problems for bus firm Midland Classic this morning

Midland Classic
Midland Classic

Road expected to clear in an hour

Traffic England is reporting that normal road conditions are expected between 8.15am and 8.30am.

It also says that there are delays of 20 minutes on the road due to one lane being closed.

Live maps shows congestion

The red line indicates slow traffic on the A38

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a38traffic (Image: Waze)

Highways England Tweet

A Tweet from Highways England

A38 near Burton closed due to overturned car

One lane on the A38 is closed due to an overturned car, it has been confirmed.

The A38 northbound between the A5121 (Branston Interchange) and A5121 (Clay Mills) is blocked due to the overturned vehicle, traffic and travel information website Inrix has reported.

There is queuing traffic and lane two (of two) is closed. A rolling road block was in place briefly and this is causing difficulty for traffic heading toward Derby.