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Improving picture on Devon's roads

Car in Winter

Posted on: 18 January 2013

Road conditions have improved throughout the day with all the main routes passable with care.

Higher parts of the county, on Dartmoor and especially Exmoor, are however still experiencing some difficulties, as well as the A39 Lynton to County Gate, and highways teams are working hard to improve those situations.

Gritters are out on  most  main routes tonight and again tomorrow morning, as road temperatures are set to fall below freezing.
 
Icy conditions are expected, particularly in the northern and eastern parts of the county.
 
Motorists are being reminded of the following advice:

• Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures;
• Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming;
• Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed;
• Drive with care and according to the conditions;
• If you have vulnerable or elderly neighbours, think about how they could possibly be helped through the cold spell;
• Listen to local radio for updates on current weather conditions.

Information and advice to help motorists be prepared for winter, and up-to-date information on road conditions on England’s motorways and trunk roads is available on the Highways Agency website or by calling the Highways Agency Information Line at 0300 123 5000.
 
Traffic information is also available on Twitter on @winterhighways and on Facebook.

For more information and travel advice from Devon County Council visit their website or for updates on Twitter follow @HughHOCC and @Devonroads

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