A1 closure: Section of A1 closed to all traffic as route close entirely to high sided vehicles

The A1 is now closed to high sided vehicles and a section of the route is closed to all traffic.

The route is closed in both directions between Thistly Cross roundabout and Abbotsview Junction with winds of 84mph expected.

A diversion route is in place via the A199. This is expected to add approximately 10 minutes to affected journeys.

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The Met Office has issued a Red weather warning for wind.

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Drivers of high sided vehicles, motorbikes, caravans, and cars with trailers or roof boxes should divert via the A68.

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Tommy Deans, BEAR Scotland’s Network Manager for South East Scotland, said: "“This section of the A1 includes an exposed bridge over the River Tyne, so with gusts up to 84mph forecast this evening we’ve closed it to all traffic for safety, in line with the bridge’s wind management plan.”

“We’ve now closed the A1 to high sided vehicles for safety with winds gusting over 50mph.

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A full closure of the A1 will take place if high wind speeds forecasted for Storm Arwen are experienced.

“All road users are advised to take care and check for restrictions before travel. If we experience the very high wind speeds that are forecast later today, this will result in a full closure of the A1.

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“Please check Traffic Scotland for the latest travel advice before setting off and consider whether your journey is essential.”

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