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Scotland braced for gales

The Scottish Government’s response team that deals with severe weather on the country’s transport system has been put on alert after forecasts for snow and strong gales in parts of the country this morning.

The multi agency team, which includes trunk road operating companies, the police, Traffic Scotland and ScotRail, was set up following lessons learned from the severe winter weather in December last year. Transport Minister Keith Brown has been overseeing operations at Traffic Scotland’s headquarters this morning, and over 115 winter vehicles have also been readied to respond to the conditions.

Brown said: “We are urging drivers to be aware of the forecast snowy conditions across parts of Scotland, and to heed police travel advice, planning their journeys in advance. We are also expecting high winds therefore we ask drivers to take extra caution when driving through exposed areas.

“The Traffic Scotland website will be providing updates to make available the very latest information to drivers to this end.

“Our multi agency response team has been activated ahead of the forecast snow to manage circumstances as they unfold, and ensure a co-ordinated approach to dealing with any issues as they arise.

“In addition we are well prepared with over 455,750t of salt secured or on order across Scotland - compared to the 545,600t used from the start of winter to date.”

The government’s resilience room procedures have also been activated to manage the winter response with input from Scotland’s emergency services, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Transport Scotland, trunk road operators and rail companies.

Members of the Met Office have also joined SEPA staff in their Perth office to ensure even greater coordination over possible flood risks.

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