STORM Arwen and the "very strong winds" it's expected to bring could lead to restrictions on the Forth Road Bridge.

The first named storm of winter is on its way and BEAR Scotland, which looks after trunk roads in the south east of Scotland, as well as other parts of the country, is primed to tackle whatever the weather throws this way.

They said: "Forecasts indicate there will be very strong winds across eastern Scotland from 3pm on Friday.

"As such, restrictions may be required on Skye Bridge, Kessock Bridge, Dornoch Bridge, Cromarty Bridge, Friarton Bridge and the Forth Road Bridge.

"The A1, in south east Scotland, is also expected to be impacted by the high winds.

"There is also expected to be some ice and snow, particularly on high ground."

The Forth Road Bridge is now a public transport corridor with the bulk of the traffic crossing the river now using the Queensferry Crossing.

Due to the newer bridge's wind shielding, there should be no need for restrictions but BEAR Scotland said it would monitor the situation.

BEAR Scotland said its 24/7 control rooms, as well as additional patrols, will be checking weather conditions so that any issues can be addressed as quickly as possible.

That includes specialist resources on hand to remove fallen trees.

The company's Eddie Ross said: “We are fully prepped and are closely monitoring conditions and will act quickly when required.

“We remind members of the public to check before travelling.

"Traffic Scotland is a great source of the latest journey information and advice.

"Drivers of high sided and wind-susceptible vehicles such as caravans and trailers should take particular care and check for restrictions.”

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