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Road travel warning messages

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 four specific stages which will be adopted depending on the severity of the weather.

  • Normal operations - no severe weather
  • Travel with caution - police are advising people that conditions for road travel are hazardous and drivers should exercise extra caution. View further detail on the travel with caution stage.
  • High 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. View further detail on the high risk stage.
  • Avoid travelling on the roads - Police advise drivers to avoid travelling on the roads. Travellers will experience severe delays of several hours or more. View more on the avoid travelling stage.

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.

Travel with caution

Police are advising people that conditions for road travel in the XX and XX areas are hazardous and drivers should exercise extra caution.

  • Winter driving is a question of common sense and 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 considering postponing your journey or making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using 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 for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes
  • Listen to media broadcasts, especially local radio, and visit the Traffic Scotland website.

High risk of disruption

The Police are advising drivers that conditions for travel are extremely poor and there is a high risk of disruption for road journeys in (location XXX/YYY). If you do travel, you are likely to experience significant delays.

  • Congestion caused by vehicles may restrict emergency, recovery or winter maintenance vehicles from providing essential assistance or from clearing roads
  • Drivers of HGVs 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 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 considering postponing your journey or making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using 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 for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes . Listen to media broadcasts, especially local radio, and visit the Traffic Scotland website.

Avoid travelling on the roads

The Police advise drivers to avoid travelling on the roads in (location XXX/YYY). If you do travel, you will experience severe delays of several hours or more.

  • Conditions for travel are extremely dangerous and you should avoid the specified road(s) . If you do travel, you will experience severe disruption
  • Congestion caused by vehicles may restrict emergency, recovery or winter maintenance vehicles from providing essential assistance or from clearing roads . Drivers of HGVs should 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 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 considering postponing your journey or making alternative arrangements such as delaying travel until conditions improve or using 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 for several hours. Charge your mobile phone and plan your route as well as alternative routes
  • Listen to media broadcasts, especially local radio, and visit the Traffic Scotland website.
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