Met Office Weather Alert - Transport Scotland Statement

“Transport Scotland and our partners, including local authorities, SEPA and Police Scotland, are closely monitoring the situation and have additional resources in place over the festive break.

“As ever the public have a vital role to play in terms of helping to minimise disruption. We would advise people to prepare for some travel disruption as bridges could be affected by high winds, and driving conditions could be challenging in some areas, so please allow extra time for your journeys. They should also check the relevant websites, such as Traffic Scotland, for up to date travel information before they set-off.

“Transport Scotland is in regular contact with our Trunk Road Operating Companies, Network Rail, ScotRail and ferry operators and we stand ready to activate our Multi Agency Response Team, if required.

“The Scottish Government’s Resilience operation is also actively monitoring weather developments and receiving updates from the Met Office, SEPA and the utilities companies, as well as keeping in touch with emergency responders and councils at a local level in the areas likely to be affected by adverse weather.

“The Scottish Government’s annual campaign, Ready for Winter, is a good reminder of the simple actions we can all take in an hour to prepare for adverse conditions. Information is available at”

Notes to editors

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The Scottish Environment Protection Agency’s website provides live flood updates which can help you plan your route in advance if you are travelling over the festive period. By signing up to SEPA’s Floodline service you can receive free advance notification of flooding in your area direct to your phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can sign up to Floodline at or by calling 0345 988 1188/ 0845 988 1188.

Published 25 Dec 2014