Motorists urged to beware icy weather

DRIVERS in Hartlepool and East Durham were today urged to check travel conditions before they set off after warnings of snow for the area today.

The Highways Agency, which operates motorways and key trunk roads in the region, says parts of the region could be affected and that, even though no particular problems are envisaged, it is better to take care.

Chris Holehouse, Highways Agency asset delivery manager for the North-East and Yorkshire and the Humber, said: “We are not anticipating any particular problems and will be monitoring and using salt to treat the network as we do routinely at this time of the year.

“However, snow showers can be highly localised and hard to predict so drivers have a key role to play in checking weather reports and planning for their journeys before leaving home.”

Drivers are urged to keep up to date with weather and travel advice, heed warnings and electronic message signs and drive to conditions.

They should leave extra time for journeys and extra room for braking and avoiding sudden manoeuvres such as braking or changing lanes suddenly.

While there was no snow in Hartlepool during morning rush hour, experts at the Met Office are predicting a mix of both heavy and light snow showers in the town and County Durham areas today.

The snow should stop by the end of today with cloudier, milder and rainier weather to follow further into the week.

Information about a winter driving kit and other advice to help motorists be prepared for winter is on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/winter

Up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or by calling the Highways Agency Information Line at 0300 123 5000.