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Scottish driving conditions could worsen

By: Chris Taylor
06 December 2011

Those with driving jobs have been warned that the icy conditions in Scotland are making transport treacherous and look set to continue.

Schools, airports and hauliers have all been affected by the bad winter weather. Lorries have toppled and bus routes have been changing at short notice, reports BBC News.

One lorry travelling westbound on the M8 forced a closure at 4.28am this morning after it jackknifed, blocking the North Lanarkshire route. Inverness Airport was also closed for a time, causing travel chaos for many.

Throughout the remainder of this week, the conditions are set to continue. According to STV News, the Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for the whole of Scotland on Thursday. Gusts of between 60mph - 70mph will be felt inland, while coastal locations could experience gales of up to 80mph.

Scotland's transport minister, Keith Brown, has assured the nation that the government is doing everything it can to keep people moving during the winter onslaught.

He said: "Our operating companies have also worked through the night, with over 120 gritters out on the trunk roads and motorways to treat every route at least once.

"We are all working hard to keep Scotland moving and get back to normal where disruption does occur, particularly in the North West where conditions are the most difficult."

The minister added that the public should remain cautious on the roads at all times. He said they should plan their journeys well and listen to police advice as well as monitor travel updates.

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