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Motorists stranded on the A9 are getting mixed messages on situation

By Gavin Musgrove

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Snow on the A9 at the Drumochter Pass on Wednesday morning. Picture: Bear Scotland / Traffic Scotland.
Snow on the A9 at the Drumochter Pass on Wednesday morning. Picture: Bear Scotland / Traffic Scotland.

There is a lot of information flying back and forth on social media over the current standstill on the A9 in two separate locations.

The A9 Traffic Info group – the biggest group providing reports on the arterial road – has been trying its best to share information and respond to concerns from stranded motorists.

They put out an appeal at 4.15pm on road and weather conditions between Perth and Inverness.

One of the organisers Katharine Huggett has said the road remains completely closed at Ballinluig to Dunkeld and Dalwhinnie to Pitgowan.

She posted that all alternative routes are closed and blocked and urged motorists not to travel near these areas.

Eilish Paterson stated in her post: "Police allowed us south to get home to Dalwhinnie via a short stint on the A9 and onto a B road.

"They are still stopping all traffic at Ralia and as soon as you hit Dalwhinnie heading south you get the snow.

"Wind, snow and rain have all stopped now so they will just be working hard to get everything moving again."

Xaverine Bailey posted: "I’ve just phoned Traffic Scotland not great help but have said they are still unsure if A9 will be opening again tonight depends on if workers can clear the surface.

"Asked about emergency accommodation and said nothing has been arranged as of yet but they will phone me back in around an hour to update if anything has been arranged."

Gintare Chiverton said: "I was travelling from Edinburgh Airport back home to Inverness a small child in the car crying for her dad.

"Got stuck after House of Bruar, turned back to use their toilets and get some food for little one, been told they have no power and no one is allowed in.

"Then decided to head towards Pitlochry and the tree blocked the road. Had no signal, no water left in the car and fuel was running low due to keeping it running.

"Phoned police eventually and was told everyone is at the same boat and need to sit and wait. We managed to get to Pitlochry hours later and booked hotel.

"Thank you for a blonde lady in black car who stopped and asked if I was okay as I had an absolute meltdown

"I am praying for better conditions for tomorrow.

"It's actually shocking how Scotland is never ready for those weather conditions and no help for those who are stuck in the car in the middle of nowhere."

However, there could be some motorists who are missing out on the social media updates as coverage along the more remote parts of the road is very patchy.

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