23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 11:04

      Monday 15, December 2014

      Manchester motorists urged to stay safe this Christmas

      WEATHER experts in Manchester have given advice to motorists and commuters ahead of a potential white Christmas.

      Forecasters and transport agencies are warning people to take extra care when travelling in colder conditions.

      Nicola Maxey, a Met Office spokesperson, said: “You should be careful on the roads as you travel into work, as untreated roads may be icy.

      “With widespread ice you need to allow a bit of extra time in the morning to check whether you need to scrape your windscreen."

      Spokesperson for the RAC Simon Williams said: “Our advice to motorists is to take extra care if they have no option but to drive, and delay journeys if they possibly can.

      “If you are driving make sure you adjust your speed to the conditions and leave plenty of space behind the vehicle in front, and make sure you’re well prepared for your journey.

      “Make sure you know where you’re going and that you have a fully charged mobile phone and warm clothes, should you be unfortunate enough to break down or have an accident.”

      The Met Office has predicted freezing temperatures over the festive season across the UK, and some forecasters have warned of a repeat of the 1963 Big Freeze.

      Bookmaker Paddy Power is now quoting odds of 7-2 that it snows in Manchester on Christmas Day.

      Passengers on public transport are being urged to follow social media closely for travel information.

      A spokesperson for Transport for Greater Manchester said: “It’s a good idea to follow your train operator on Twitter so you can get live information about the services.

      “In the event of bad or severe weather, there will be updates on our website and on our Twitter feed, and we’ll be re-tweeting the transport operators as well.”

      Manchester Airport are confident that everything will run smoothly over the winter holiday period, but offer similar advice.

      An airport spokesperson said: “If [the weather conditions] get so bad that flights are cancelled – which, to be honest, it doesn’t seem like they will – then it’s best to check with your airline directly.”