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29 November 2010

Scotland ready for icy blast

LESSONS LEARNED FROM LAST YEAR'S SEVERE WINTER WEATHER

Transport Scotland and its partners stand ready to face winter head on according to Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson.

The Minister was speaking from Leith Docks as he witnessed the delivery of almost 25,000 tonnes of treatment salt arriving in Scotland.

Mr Stevenson said

“The Scottish Government, councils and other key services across Scotland pulled together last year to deal successfully with the coldest winter since 1914.

“We are confident that we have planned well ahead with our operating companies and local councils to keep Scotland moving during this brace of cold weather.

“While there is no suggestion yet that we will face similar conditions to last winter, we have ensured lessons learned are already being put into practice as can be seen here at Leith today. With the arrival of this extra salt to supplement our existing stocks, over two months supply at heavy use, we are well placed to tackle winter head-on .

“The Scottish Government’s Resilience Committee will be kept informed of developments over the next few days with a view to convening again if necessary.”

While the Scottish Government is doing all it can to keep Scotland moving, drivers and passengers are urged to play their part by making informed travel choices. Realtime journey planning information can be found on the Traffic Scotland and Travelline Scotland websites.
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