Drivers advised not to travel in 'unprecedented step' from Highways England as snow causes travel chaos in Bath

Drivers advised not to travel in 'unprecedented step' from Highways England as snow causes travel chaos in Bath

Highways England advice

Highways England is urging drivers to check road conditions before setting out on journeys.

The severe weather is expected to have an impact across most of the country, but most significantly in the South West.

In line with the Met Office Red Alert, and for safety reasons, Highways England is encouraging people in the South West not to travel between the hours of 8pm today (1 March) and 2am tomorrow (2 March).

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

Gritters are out treating our routes around the clock but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast.

If you need to travel, make sure you keep your distance and reduce your speed because, even in conditions that seem normal and when the snow is not settling, it can be slippery if ice patches have formed, or where fresh salt has not been worked into the carriageway.

Drivers should plan their journeys, monitor weather reports and pack a snow kit of blankets, food, water and a shovel if they really need to travel.

Highways England has issued its own amber alert for roads in the South West, North East, West Midlands, South East, East and drivers should take extra care when travelling in these regions as frequent snow showers are forecast.