Met Office issues yellow weather warning for wind

UK traffic

3:18pm 13th June 2018
(Updated 6:00am 14th June 2018)

Highways England is advising drivers to take care and be prepared for strong gales today across the North East.

Motorists, particularly those driving high-sided HGVS, caravans and motorcycles, are advised to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys and pay particular attention to exposed locations such as high lying areas and bridges which could be affected by the high winds.  

Wind speeds across the north are expected to reach 50mph and occasionally 60mph and over, until about 3pm today (Thursday 14 June). 

Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said: 

“We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve. If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey. 

“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down. 

“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”

Unladen curtain-sided vehicles are particularly vulnerable to windy conditions on high ground, such as list local areas, bridges etc. from alert. 

Richard Leonard added:

“Curtains on empty high-sided vehicles can act as sails when closed, and when high winds arise, we advise HGV drivers to open their curtain-sided vehicles if they are empty." 

A Freight Transport Association advisory states “When driving an empty curtain-sided vehicle, tie both curtain sides at one end of the vehicle to reduce the effect of side winds.” 

HGV drivers are advised by the DVSA to check load security as part of their daily walk around check. 

Road users are being advised to follow messages on any overhead signs and listen to 103.4 Sun FM radio updates.

Further information can be found by visiting here or calling the Highways England Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

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More advice on driving in windy weather is available from the Met Office, who have issued a yellow weather warning for wind. 

Routes which are likely to be affected include:

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A1/M1

 

Southwest gusts to 60mph or more likely between 9am and 1pm

A66

 

Southwest gusts to 60mph or more likely between 8am and 12pm

A69

 

Southwest gusts to 60mph or more likely between 8am and 12pm

M62

 

Southwest gusts to 60mph or more likely between 8am and 12pm

A628

Woodhead Pass

Southwest gusts to 60mph or more likely between 8am and 12pm

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