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23 December 2009

Concerted effort to keep Scotland moving


SNOW CLEARING IS ONGOING BUT PUBLIC MUST GO CAREFULLY IN HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS

Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson has praised the mobilisation of workers operating around the clock to keep Scotland’s transport network moving in the face of further snow and freezing conditions.

The Minister also called on the public to help ease the situation by avoiding unnecessary journeys while clearance operations continued across the country.

He said:

“Winter maintenance on the trunk road network is monitored and managed 24/7 and Traffic Scotland is continuing to work in tandem with emergency services to keep Scotland moving as we witness significant snowfalls and freezing temperatures.

“Salting across the network was being carried out overnight and will continue throughout the day with 2,500 tonnes of salt already spread on the trunk roads.

“In order to relieve the pressure on the roads, particularly at this busiest of times, it’s important that travellers should plan before making essential journeys and check forecasts, listen to the radio and consult transport websites to allow them to make reasoned judgments about travelling.

“Travellers should also spare a thought for all those involved in clearing the roads, operating rail and manning our airports, who are working round the clock to ensure they complete their journeys in time for Christmas. Above all, they should avoid unnecessary journeys which may add to disruption.”

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