Winter patrols out in force

Following the wintry showers there were difficult driving conditions on a number of roads this morning. Our Operating Company’s had 162 gritters in action across the country overnight. The M8 between Livingston and Newhouse received two full precautionary salt treatments, in addition to continuous winter patrols by fully loaded gritters.

Stewart Leggett from Transport Scotland said:

“Through our winter service operations we do all that we can to allow the safe operation of the trunk road network and to minimise delays and disruption to users caused by snow or ice. Our Operating Companies have 24-hour dedicated winter maintenance services operating across all Scotland's trunk roads. When the snow was at its heaviest on the M8 this morning there were 7 gritters within a short distance of the M8 around Bathgate and Harthill to mitigate the impact of the weather.

“On the A68 last night after helping a heavy goods vehicle gain traction on the hill at Carter Bar and Amey, our Operating Company for the South East provided mutual aid south of the Border to help free motorists stranded in the snow. This response will continue across the season and people can find out where the patrols are out in their areas on the Traffic Scotland website. They can also access traffic cameras and weather monitoring stations in their areas to get the most up to date local information.

“If you are travelling 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 Traffic Scotland Radio or visit .”

Chief Superintendent Iain Murray Head of Roads Policing said:

"When driving in icy or snowy weather you should drive with care, even if the roads have been treated. Remember your stopping distance can be up to ten times greater than in the dry and be prepared for the road conditions to change over relatively short distances.

"You must be able to see - so clear all your windows, mirrors and demist your windows too. Also please remove all the snow that might fall off your vehicle into the path of other road users. If you do this you will be more prepared for the worst of the weather."

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Published 11 Dec 2014