Fes­tive trav­ellers urged to plan as frost fore­cast

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FES­TIVE trav­ellers have been warned to take care on Scot­land’s roads amid fore­casts of frosts next week.

Trans­port Sec­re­tary Michael Matheson said prepa­ra­tions have been made to help en­sure safe travel over Christ­mas and New Year.

He spoke about the is­sue as he vis­ited Trans­port Scot­land’s Na­tional Traf­fic

Con­trol Cen­tre in South Queens­ferry.

He said: “As al­ways, we ex­pect the trans­port network to be busy at this time of year so I’d urge fes­tive trav­ellers to plan their jour­ney.

“Leave more time to get to your des­ti­na­tion, fol­low any travel ad­vice from Po­lice Scot­land and drive to the con­di­tions.”

Met Of­fice chief me­te­o­rol­o­gist Paul Gun­der­sen said sub-zero tem­per­a­tures are ex­pected af­ter bright spells and scat­tered show­ers this week­end.

He said: “It’ll feel a lit­tle more fes­tive as we head into Christ­mas week, with colder tem­per­a­tures and a re­turn to frosts.”

Su­per­in­ten­dent Louise Blake­lock,

Po­lice Scot­land’s deputy head of road polic­ing, urged driv­ers to take the weather into ac­count and ad­here to any travel warn­ings.

She added: “En­sure that you have enough fuel for your jour­ney and your tyres have suf­fi­cient tread. Top up wind­screen wash­ers and make sure your lights are clean and work­ing.”

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