Highways Agency advises road users to be vigilant as severe weather forecast
The Highways Agency is warning road users to be vigilant and to drive with extra care due to high winds and severe weather conditions forecast for this week.
The Agency has issued an amber alert to warn drivers of high winds of up to 70 mph in the South East and South West regions from 6pm tomorrow until 6am on Thursday morning.
Gusts are expected to reach 55-65 mph inland in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Sussex, Kent and South Eastern parts of the M25 .Coastal routes, bridges and exposed routes over high ground could see gusts up to 75 mph. The amber alert may also be extended to the North East, North West and Midlands region.
This afternoon all regions will experience wintry showers and sleet, with the risk of hail and snow in high grounds overnight.
Road users driving high-sided vehicles, riding motorcycles or towing caravans are being urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on the strategic road network.
Based on latest weather forecasts the locations considered most at risk are:
|Location||Expected Top Wind Speeds||Expected Times|
|A30/A38 Bodmin||65-75 mph||6pm-3am|
|M4 J22-J23 Severn Crossing||65-75 mph||6pm-3am|
|M48 J1-J2 Severn Crossing||60-65 mph||9pm-3am|
|M49 M4 J22 (at Severn crossing)to M5 J18 (at Avonmouth)||60-65 mph||9pm-3am|
|M5 J18-J19 Avonmouth Bridge||60-65 mph||9pm-3am|
|M5 J20-J23 Clevedon to Bridgwater||60-65 mph||9pm-3am|
|A35 Long Bredy duals||65-75 mph||6pm-3am|
|A38 – Tamar Bridge Plymouth to Saltash||65-75 mph||6pm-3am|
|Location||Expected Top Wind Speeds||Expected times|
|M27 J8-J9 Hedge End to Locks Heath||65-75 mph||9pm-4am|
|A27 Shoreham Flyover – near to Hove/Brighton||65-75 mph||9pm-4am|
|A2 Jubilee Way close to Dover||65-75 mph||9pm-6am|
|M2 J2-J3 Medway Viaduct||60-70 mph||9pm-6am|
|A249 Kings Ferry/Sheppey Crossing||60-70 mph||9pm-6am|
|A282 QE2 Bridge/Dartford Bridge||60-65 mph||9pm-6am|
|M20 – possibility of Operation Stack if there|
|is ferry disruption on the Channel||65-75 mph||9pm Onwards|
The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and some major A roads in England, is working closely with the Met
Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys. Highways Agency traffic officers across the
country will be monitoring weather and traffic conditions around the clock and will be on hand to quickly respond to incidents.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most
appropriate press officer.