The Highways Agency has issued a seasonal reminder to road users, urging them to make sure they are prepared to face severe weather conditions this winter.
After the brutal weather of the last two winters the Highways Agency has strengthened its capacity to face extended spells of severe weather. State-of-the-art winter vehicles are being used in more parts of the country, and the Agency has reviewed salt stock levels and established a strategic salt stock to help ensure that there is enough salt to deal with severe winter conditions.
Mike Penning, road safety minister, said: “The Highways Agency is prepared for winter, but road users must also play their part. Not all journeys are essential in severe weather, but if people feel that they must travel there are some simple steps that can reduce the risk of being caught out by the weather.
“That is why I am urging all drivers to carry out simple vehicle checks before they set out, to carry a severe weather emergency kit in their vehicles, to monitor the traffic and weather conditions and plan their journeys.”
Met Office weather forecasters based at the Highways Agency’s National Traffic Control Centre will provide information on weather conditions across the motorway and trunk road network.
Drivers can obtain up to the minute information on winter traffic conditions from the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000, through their iPhone app or their website.