FABIANI URGES CAUTION FOR COMMUTERS AFTER SNOW

Linda Fabiani MSP for East Kilbride has warned of a potentially testing weather conditions for residents after weather warnings for more snow.

Linda said “The return to work for many commuters today may prove challenging after the heavy snow fall and I would remind people to take extra precautions before embarking on their journeys.”

After chairing the Multi Agency Response Team at the weekend, Transport Minister Keith Brown said that with snow and ice forecast for many parts of the country, road operating companies have strengthened their gritter patrols.

MART involves the police, rail operators, road operating companies and the Met Office.

Mr Brown said “We’ve already seen some wintry weather across much of Scotland and, while it is not as severe as this time last year, we cannot afford to be complacent and with some treacherous icy conditions forecast overnight, I will be in the control centre tonight and tomorrow to stay up to speed with preparations.

“With this weather set to continue, a fleet of gritters and winter patrols will be out throughout the night to treat roads where required.? While we are all working hard to keep Scotland moving, it’s important the public play their part too.

“With the amber alert being given to travel with caution, we aim to keep road users informed with real time information through the Traffic Scotland web and radio sites. Anyone planning to travel over the next few days should check weather forecasts, allow extra time for journeys and plan ahead by checking websites and local radio for real time travel information.”

Assistant Chief Constable Allan Moffat (Central Scotland Police) on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland) – ACPOS contributes

“With temperatures due to drop to below freezing tonight and snow and sleet forecast for many parts of the country I would encourage all drivers to listen to their local weather forecast and adjust their normal driving to work time according to the conditions they are faced with.

“This will be particularly important with heavy traffic expected for the Monday morning rush hour period. Motorists will be facing a different danger to that which they have experienced recently.

“I would ask people to remember that both damp and snow affected roads can hide the hidden danger of black ice, particularly in shaded areas. Our message is very much aimed at asking motorists to be aware of the dangers and travel with extra caution.”

Gritters will be out but need space to deal with snow and drivers should make room for them. When their rear amber lights are flashing they are spreading salt otherwise they are patrolling.

Rain and low temperatures together is an extremely difficult winter condition to deal with. Gritters need to salt after rain stops so that is isn’t just washed away. Therefore there is a high risk of ice in these conditions and drivers should adjust the driving approach accordingly, slow down, no sudden braking.

 

The Met Office has issued a warning has been issued for the following regions

– Grampian (Yellow)

– Strathclyde (Amber)

– SW Scotland, Lothian Borders (Amber)

– Central, Tayside & Fife (Amber)

– Highlands & Eilean Siar (Amber)

– Orkney & Shetland (Yellow)

For more details please go to:

http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/weather/uk/uk_forecast_warnings.htmlFo

For more information please see the Scottish Government Read for Winter website

http://www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/winter-weather/

Roads information available at Traffic Scotland or by phoning 0800 028 14 14 The Floodline Warning system:

http://www.floodlinescotland.org.uk/

Rail, ferries and air travel – check with individual service operators’ websites.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

1.Transport Scotland is the Scottish Government’s national transport agency responsible for; aviation, bus, freight and taxi policy;? coordinating the National Transport Strategy for Scotland; ferries, ports and harbours; impartial travel services; liaising with regional transport partnerships, including monitoring of funding; local roads policy; major public transport projects; national concessionary travel schemes; rail and trunk road networks; sustainable transport, road safety and accessibility; the Blue Badge Scheme. Transport Scotland is an Executive agency accountable to Scottish Ministers.

http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/

 

2.Transport Scotland working in partnership with the Scottish Police has developed a severe weather information strategy to warn and inform road users when significant disruption to the road network is expected during extreme weather.

The advice and information service will commence when severe weather is forecast within Scotland. Forecast information will be provided in advance and during of any severe weather event.

The travel advice will relate to three specific stages which will be adopted depending on the severity of the weather.

oTravel with caution – Police are advising people that conditions for road travel are hazardous and drivers should exercise extra caution

oHigh risk of disruption for road journeys – Police are advising that conditions for travel are extremely poor and there is a high risk of disruption for road journeys. Travellers are likely to experience significant delays

oAvoid travelling on the roads – Police advise drivers to avoid travelling on the roads. Travellers will experience severe delays of several hours or more.

This advice will be provided to road users through Transport Scotland’s network of Variable Message Signs, the Traffic Scotland website, radio travel information broadcasts and the Traffic Scotland Customer Careline to help them play their part during extreme weather events.

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