Press release

North West drivers reminded to be vigilant with stormy weather forecast

Drivers across the North West are being asked to remain vigilant with further wintry weather due today (Wednesday 14 January) and a forecast of gale-force winds across the region tomorrow afternoon (Thursday 15 January).

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The Highways Agency is working closely with the Met Office to monitor the weather and strong winds are likely to affect the region again tomorrow - possibly triggering an Amber Alert and affecting tomorrow evening’s peak traffic travel period.

Highways Agency contractors are monitoring the weather and deploying salt spreaders around the clock while extra traffic officers and recovery resources will be deployed in the event of incidents caused by winds tomorrow.

Drivers are being urged to pay extra attention to weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys and to take extra care once they are out on the motorway and major A roads. Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before they set out, checking the forecast and road conditions, to leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and to delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

High winds are predicted for between 4pm and 8pm tomorrow night before the stormy weather starts to subside.

Road users should heed messages on the overhead signs and listen for radio updates. Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Highways Agency’s website or by calling 0300 123 5000. For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website or listen to local radio.

An information sheet on driving in windy weather is available on the GOV.UK website.

And further information on winter driving advice is available on the Met Office website.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 14 January 2015