Press release

Traffic bulletin: Drivers warned of high winds tonight

Drivers in southern England and East Anglia are being advised to drive with extra care tonight and tomorrow morning after the Met Office warned of expected high winds.

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for high winds, which is in place from 0010hrs until 0900hrs on Friday 12 December. The forecast warns of winds gusting to around 50-60mph, and perhaps up to 70mph near the coast.

The Highways Agency is advising drivers to check conditions along their route before setting out on a journey, and to drive with extra care.

High-sided vehicles are particularly affected by windy weather but strong gusts can blow any vehicle, cyclist, motorcyclist, or horse rider off course.

Open section of roads or structures like bridges are often the most exposed section of roads and can experience strong crosswinds. Restrictions and delays are possible on exposed parts of the network such as the Dartford Crossing.

Highways Agency teams will be working throughout the night to monitor conditions and clear any incidents quickly and safely.

Live traffic information is available 24 hours a day on the Highways Agency’s 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.