Transport Minister urges travellers to heed advice

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Transport Minister Keith Brown urged commuters to follow police advice tomorrow as more snow was forecast for the rush hour in the North East, Highlands and Northern Isles.

Snow showers are forecast to continue overnight and into Monday morning in Grampian, eastern Highlands and the Northern Isles.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“This weekend, more than 1,500 vehicles were in operation across Scotland gritting and clearing roads, with around half of those deployed in the Grampian and Highlands and Islands. With snow forecast on Monday morning in the North East, areas in the Highlands, and in the Northern Isles when people would make their daily commute to work, I urge people to check local news and radio bulletins and above all heed local police advice. Gritters will be out again overnight, and by working together we can get through these severe conditions.

“A fortnight ago we faced an unprecedented set of events in central Scotland and lessons were learned. The multi agency response team we have set up makes better, more joined up communication between agencies possible and helps us keep the travelling public better informed.

“With the whole of the UK facing travel disruption, the travelling public must follow police advice in their area and check before they travel.”

Grampian police said:

“The current and expected road conditions mean there is a high risk of significant disruption to motorists. We would advise people to seriously consider whether their journey is absolutely essential and, if they do decide to travel, ensure they and their vehicle are adequately prepared before setting off.

“Travellers should check road conditions before any journey via up-to-date information from the Traffic Scotland website.”

Last Friday, the Transport Minister visited the West Tullos shared services depot operated by Aberdeen City Council and BEAR – the trunk road operating company. He heard first hand how plans were in place to minimise disruption from the heavy snow the region has faced in recent days.

Earlier on Friday he visited Eastfield depot in Glasgow to see preparations for keeping ScotRail trains on the move in icy weather.