Weather warning for Hedge End M27 drivers

Gale force winds this weekend may cause problems on exposed section of M27 between J8 - J9

 

Highways England is advising drivers using the M27 on the exposed stretch  between Hedge End J8 and Locks Heath J9 to take extra care and be prepared for strong gales on Sunday (9 February).

The Met Office have issued an amber warning for the area between 9am and 9pm on Sunday.

Road users, particularly drivers of high-sided HGVS, caravans and motorcycles, are advised to check the weather and driving conditions before setting out on journeys and pay particular attention to exposed locations such as coastal and high lying areas and bridges which could be affected by the high winds.

Strong winds will be widespread and last throughout much of Sunday. Gusts of 50 to 60mph are likely across many inland areas and around 70 mph in coastal areas. A spell of heavy rain will affect many regions for a time, making driving conditions particularly poor.

Highways England’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said:

“We’re encouraging drivers to check the latest weather and travel conditions before setting off on journeys and consider if their journey is necessary and can be delayed until conditions improve. If you do intend to travel, then plan your journey and take extra care, allowing more time for your journey.“In high winds, there’s a particular risk to lorries, caravans and motorbikes so we’d advise drivers of these vehicles to slow down.

“Drivers of other vehicles should be aware of sudden gusts of wind which can affect handling and braking, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, and motorbikes plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow signed diversion routes.”

Road users are being advised to follow messages on any overhead signs and listen to radio updates. Further information can be found by visiting  www.trafficengland.com or calling Highways England on 0300 123 5000