Highways Agency ready for snowfall as drivers urged to check conditions before travelling

ROAD users across much of England are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel today (Friday 17) as heavy snowfall is expected The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning, saying a number of regions face a

ROAD users across much of England are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before they travel today (Friday 17) as heavy snowfall is expected

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning, saying a number of regions face a risk of heavy snowfall last night and throughout today.

The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and major A roads in England, is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.

The Highways Agency operates over 500 salt spreaders, snow ploughs and snow blowers nationally, and has already undertaken extensive salt-spreading this week to help keep traffic moving.

Drivers are advised to make sure they are properly prepared for the conditions by checking weather and traffic conditions before they set out and by driving appropriately for the conditions and be equipped with warm clothes, food, water, boots, a torch and spade.

Up-to-date information on road conditions on England's motorways and major A roads is available on the Highways Agency website at www.highways.gov.uk/trafficinfo or by calling 08457 504030. For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website www.metoffice.gov.uk or check local media.