Advice issued to motorists as strong winds forecast for Rotherham

By Sam Cooper | 22/02/2017

Advice issued to motorists as strong winds forecast for Rotherham
Drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes have been advised to avoid using parts of the M1

MOTORISTS have been urged to be prepared before setting out on journeys tomorrow (Thursday) with gales of up to 80mph possible in parts of Rotherham.

The Met Office has issued an amber ‘be prepared’ warning for strong winds and heavy rain as Storm Doris hits the country.

Highways England advised drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes to avoid using the M1 at junction 32 for the M18 and the Tinsley Viaduct at junction 34.

Richard Leonard, Highways England’s head of road safety, said: “We’re expecting Storm Doris to have a significant impact on the roads throughout the day tomorrow so are urging drivers to consider changing their plans if necessary and to slow down in stormy weather.

“Drivers should look out for warnings on the electronic message signs and listen for updates in radio travel bulletins. Our traffic officers will also be ready to respond to any incidents during Storm Doris, and we’re urging drivers to respond to the changing conditions on the road to stay safe.”

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