Motorists urged not to travel for second day

POLICE are urging motorists for the second day in a row not to travel today unless it is absolutely necessary.

The warning came as police and their partners worked to clear the closed motorways and help stranded motorists.

Chief superintendent Allan Moffat of Central Scotland Police said: "Considerable efforts have been made during the night by officers, Falkirk Council and the Red Cross, in caring for the stranded drivers and clearing the roadway.

"Every effort is being made to get the traffic moving again but the extremely low temperatures are proving to be a considerable challenge in clearing the snow and compacted ice on our roads.

"The grit and salt treatment is not effective when temperatures are below -10 degrees centigrade.

"We are advising motorists again not to travel unless the journey is absolutely essential.

"We are extremely keen to prevent the experiences over the last 24 hours where we have had many people stranded in their vehicles for lengthy periods.

"Our focus is entirely upon public safety and ask motorists to help us by not travelling."