Highways Agency warns drivers not to use A27 Shoreham flyover tonight

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THE Highways Agency is advising drivers of vehicles susceptible to high winds not to use the A27 Shoreham flyover tonight (Monday, December 12).

The agency issued an amber warning in light of severe weather forecast across southern England.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather alert, forecasting both heavy rain and strong winds.

Up to 50mm of rain is expected in places, with wind gusting up to 70mph.

The Highways Agency has issued an amber warning for drivers of vulnerable vehicles to avoid particularly exposed parts of the network, including the Shoreham flyover.

The alert is in place until 5am tomorrow (Tuesday, December 13).

Highways Agency severe weather manager Mark Clark said: “The Highways Agency is working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions and keep the road network running safely.

“But drivers have a role to play too.

“High-sided vehicles, those towing caravans or trailers and motorbikes are particularly susceptible to windy conditions, but a sudden gust of wind can catch any driver out so it is important that people drive with extra care and leave plenty of extra space between vehicles.

“When the road is wet, it can take up to twice as long to stop so it makes sense to slow down when it is raining.

“There could also be the chance of aquaplaning if drivers drive too fast in the heavy rain conditions expected.

“Please ensure you slow down, give yourself and others plenty of braking distance and drive with dipped headlights in reduced visibility conditions.”

Live traffic information updates are available on the Highways Agency website.