First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scots not to travel while “very extreme” arctic weather conditions are gripping the country – telling the public that if they did attempt a journey there was a “significant risk” they could end up stranded.
She also sent a “blunt” message to transport company bosses, who had continued to send drivers out on to the roads despite official warnings to avoid non-essential journeys.
She spoke out at First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood yesterday – which went ahead despite the severe weather conditions.
The First Minister said: “While everything possible will be done to keep roads clear and open, if you do travel during this period you do face significant risk of encountering blocked roads and possibly becoming stranded.”
Ms Sturgeon also sought to assure people that “every possible resource will be brought to bear to ensure we are keeping the country moving as far as we can, given the travel warnings that are in place, but also ensuring that there is a recovery as quickly as possible once those warnings lift”.
She also urged bosses to “be flexible and to put the safety of their staff first at all times”.