5pm weather update: Motorists urged to take care

COUNCIL transport chiefs are urging motorists to exercise caution on the roads due to the recent rain as just two roads in Hartlepool now remain closed.

Alastair Smith, Hartlepool Borough Council’s assistant director for transportation and engineering said: “There is still some surface water on many roads and we advise motorists to take the road conditions into consideration when driving.”

Dalton Back Lane, in Hartlepool, remains closed at the A689 Stockton Road junction, because of flooding and Merlin Way, on the Bishop Cuthbert estate, is closed in both directions.

All rail services between Sunderland and Middlesbrough suspended due to a landslide between Hartlepool and Seaham.

Services are unlikely to resume until Thursday and Northern Rail is providing buses from Hartlepool station.

Earlier today Cleveland Police confirmed that the A689 at Wynyard is now fully reopen in both directions although motorists are still asked to take extra care.

Meanwhile, the A179 in Hartlepool is now open again and one lane of the A66 eastbound, Longnewton, has also been reopened.

But, there is still lots of deep water on the roads and officers from Cleveland Police are on scene to remind drivers to take it easy and drive slowly.