Road Closures

Friday January 18, 2013

A number of roads in Gloucestershire have been closed due to heavy snow and police are urging drivers to not make unnecessary journeys.  

The current closures in place are:

A419               Cowcombe Hill

U/C Road        Little Witcombe (Birdlip)

A48                 Alvington

A435               Cirencester to Chelt and Charlton Kings to Severn Springs

U/C Road       Toadsmoor Hill

U/C Road       Nailsworth to Minchampton (Known as the W)

                       Parliament St Stroud

                        Leckhampton Hill, Cheltenham 

There are also hazardous conditions on some roads and drivers are advised to avoid these areas:

A4151            Littledean Cinderford

A429               Cirencester to Northleach

A429               Stow Hill

A436               Birdlip to Severn Springs

A417               Crickley Hill

B4632              Cleeve Hill / Winchcombe

A4173              Brookthorpe / Edge / Stroud

A46                 Stroud / Painswick / Brockworth

A433                Rodmarton / Kemble Area

Traffic information can also be found on the Highways Agency website here: http://www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information/

Before you drive think whether their journey is really necessary but if you must travel follow these simple tips to safeguard yourself and other road users:

  • Check that your car is up to the journey, tyres are correctly inflated and in good condition, and that your lights are clean and working properly.
  • Ensure anti-freeze has been added to the radiator & that screen wash is of sufficient concentration.
  • Tell a friend or relative where you are going.
  • Take a spade, flask of hot drink, torch, mobile phone (fully charged or with charger), blanket and appropriate outdoor clothing.
  • Slow down on icy or snowy roads and leave a greater distance between you and the car in front.
  • Check your route with such organisations as RAC Travel and AA Road-watch, and tune into local radio before you set out.
  • If you get stuck in an isolated area, stay with your vehicle and remember that the engine should not be left running in deep snow, as there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Use your mobile phone if you need to access the emergency services for help.
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