Monday, January 11, 2010

Travel update


The low temperatures and snow have been causing hazardous road conditions.

In the current severe weather conditions, road users are being advised by the Highways Agency to check their route and the weather forecast before setting out and take extra care if they decide to travel. In the worst affected areas, if a journey is not essential then drivers are advised to delay setting out until local conditions improve. If you have to travel, be prepared with a severe weather emergency kit and keep up to date with the road and weather conditions.

When driving, take care around vehicles clearing snow or speading grit. Only overtake if you can do so safely, without driving on uncleared snow. Even when driving on treated roads, you should still take care, especially on stretches that have a greater risk of ice forming due to the local road layout or landscape.

You can monitor the traffic and weather conditions and plan your journey by using the Highways Agency website, listening to DAB digital ‘Traffic Radio’ or local radio stations, or by calling their information line (08457 50 40 30).

If you have an iPhone, try Directgov's Travel News app. For live traffic information the Highways Agency also provides a 24-hour voice activated telephone service on 08700 660 115. (Calls from BT landlines to 0870 numbers cost no more than 8p per minute; mobile calls usually cost more.)


Many train operators have been cancelling trains or running revised timetables . Passengers are advised to check how services are operating before travelling, by following the link below. Eurostar is continuing to run a restricted service up to and including Monday 11 January.


If you are flying you should check directly with your airline in case your flight is affected, and allow extra travel time to get to the airport. For advice on what to do if your flight is cancelled or delayed, follow the 'UK flight services' link below.

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