A1 POLICE WARNING: 7th JANUARY

7 January 2020

POLICE SCOTLAND TRAVEL WARNING

POLICE SCOTLAND TRAVEL WARNING – WEST & SOUTH EAST SCOTLAND  – HIGH WINDS - HIGH RISK OF DISRUPTION     0500-2100 HOURS 7/1/20

Police Scotland is advising drivers that the Met Office has issued Yellow Weather Warning for Wind and there is a HIGH RISK OF DISRUPTION FOR ROAD JOURNEYS in the Grampian , Highlands & Eilean Siar ,  Falkirk , Fife ,  Highlands & Eilean Siar , SW Scotland , Lothian & Borders and Strathclyde regions.

The local authority areas affected will be Moray, Na h-Eileanan Siar , Highland, Dumfires and Galloway , East Lothian , Edinburgh , Midlothian Council , Scottish Borders , West Lothian , Argyll and Bute , North Ayrshire , North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.

If you do travel, you are likely to experience significant delays. Congestion caused by all vehicles may restrict the emergency services, recovery vehicles from providing essential assistance.

Drivers of Goods Vehicles and Buses should drive with extreme caution and be aware that you may be requested to park at a suitable position by the police.

Winter driving is a question of common sense and all drivers should ask themselves if they really need to travel when conditions are poor. No-one should ever place themselves at risk on the road and it may be worth making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using suitable public transport.

If you are travelling on the roads you should ensure you and your vehicle are adequately prepared for the conditions, making sure you have sufficient fuel and supplies such as warm clothing, food and water in the event you are delayed. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes.

Listen to media broadcasts especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland.com   Follow @policescotland and @trafficscotland on Twitter for regular and up to date travel information.

POLICE TRAVEL WARNING - HIGH WINDS - HIGH RISK OF DISRUPTION - VULNERABLE VEHICLES

Police Scotland is advising that the Met Office has issued a Yellow Weather Warning for Wind and that conditions for travel in the West and South East Scotland areas.

It may be hazardous due to high winds and EXTRA CAUTION should be exercised.

If you are driving a vehicle which may be vulnerable to being blown over in such conditions along exposed routes including bridges, please exercise additional caution and plan your route to avoid exposed areas or consider cancelling your journey until conditions improve.

Previous incidents have clearly shown the dangers of driving vehicles vulnerable to being blown over in high wind conditions and the subsequent danger created for other road users, emergency services and recovery operatives where incidents have occurred due to drivers ignoring warnings.

For safety reasons during this weather warning the A1 will be closed between the Oak Tree Junction at Haddington and the Thistly Cross junction at Dunbar. All trunk road traffic will be diverted along the A199.  

Police Scotland and their transport partners are also advising that high sided vehicles should avoid travelling unless essential on the A1 for the duration of the weather warning and follow road signs showing suitable diversion routes.

Listen to media broadcasts especially local radio and Traffic Scotland Radio or visit www.trafficscotland.org. For public transport information visit www.travelinescotland. Follow @policescotland and @trafficscotland on Twitter for regular and up to date travel information.