Road users urged to be careful as gales and heavy rain predicted in Sussex

The Highways Agency is advising road users to be cautious as strong gales and heavy rain are expected in the South East later today.

The agency has issued a severe weather alert for gales, warning road users that strong winds of up to 65mph combined with heavy rain, will make driving conditions difficult from 4pm until 11pm.

However the Met Office has not issued a severe weather warning for East Sussex.

Road users driving high-sided vehicles, riding motorcycles or towing any kind of trailer are being urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on the strategic road network.

Met Office forecasters based in the Agency’s National Traffic Operations Centre are predicting southerly winds will increase to 50mph across most of the network late this afternoon, reaching between 60 and 65 mph along the most southern routes in the South West and South East.

The Highways Agency is advising drivers of vulnerable vehicles to avoid the following locations if possible:

M27 J8-J9 Hedge End to Locks Heath

A27 Shoreham Flyover

A2 Jubilee Way close to Dover

M2 J2-J3 Medway Viaduct

A249 Kings Ferry /Sheppy Crossing

A282 QE2 Bridge / Dartford Bridge