Assistant Chief Constable Allan Moffat (Central Scotland Police) on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland – ACPOS said today:
“The advice for motorists across the Central belt of Scotland is to avoid travel as the severe weather moves across the country from West to East, starting around noon on the west side of the country.
“It is expected that the impact of the weather will affect the east side of the Country from 2pm onwards.
“This advice to avoid travel is not given lightly but is based on the clearest information yet from weather forecasters that there will be high winds with gusts of up to 90 miles per hour.
“The time frame for these exceptional conditions is between noon and 7 pm and I am being given clear information that a wide area of Scotland will be affected. People could be putting themselves at considerable risk by travelling in these conditions.
“We are receiving continuous updates from the Met Office advising of severe weather which will impact across Scotland.
“The forecast for such extreme weather means that it is probable that we will need to close some or all of the major bridges. This will inevitably cause disruption on major routes and have an impact on other road networks.
“The predicted impact of the wind is such that it may cause structural damage and is a specific danger to high sided road vehicles.
“I would ask the public to pay close attention to weather and road updates and act accordingly to the advice given.
“I recognise that this is a significant statement however it is based upon the premise of ensuring public safety and minimising the risk to road users in the affected areas.”
It has now been confirmed that the Forth, Tay and Erskine Bridges have now been closed to all vehicles until further notice.
For more information: www.metoffice.gov.uk