Drivers Take Care As Storm Brian Sweeps Across The Country
Drivers are being urged to take extra care on motorways and major A roads today (Saturday 21 October) and into tomorrow morning during Storm Brian.
The Met Office is forecasting of strong winds, which came into force from 4am today and runs until midnight. The South West is likely to be most affected through today and the storm is expected to track eastwards and northwards, affecting other parts of the country.
South or south-westerly winds are expected to increase during the day with gales over exposed southern and western coastal areas.
Drivers of lorries, caravans and motorbikes are being advised to take particular care when driving on exposed sections of the road network across the South West region, including:
A30 between Penzance and Bodmin in Cornwall, which is likely to see gusts in excess of 60mph during heavier showers, though winds should begin to decrease during the evening
M5 around junctions 21-22 near Weston Super Mare in Somerset, which is likely to be affected by strong cross winds in excess of 50mph from 5pm this afternoon until 6am tomorrow morning
The M48 Severn Crossing bridge also closed at 8am today due to strong winds and is expected to remain closed until later afternoon when winds in the local area will begin to ease. During the closure, a clearly signed diversion using overhead message signs is in place with traffic being diverted via the M4 Severn Crossing bridge.
Tia Howarth, Highways England Operations Manager, said:
"We're encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys, with strong winds expected throughout today and tomorrow morning.
"In high winds, there's a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we'd advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down and avoid using exposed sections of road if possible."
Drivers are being advised to follow messages on the overhead message signs and listen to radio updates. Further information can be found by visiting the www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Drivers Take Care As Storm Brian Sweeps Across The Country , 21st October 2017, 11:02 AM