TEN new weather stations have been installed across North Yorkshire to provide more accurate travel conditions on some of the county's most exposed roads.

The new stations, installed by North Yorkshire Highways, now mean that the county has the most up-to-date, extensive range of weather stations in the country.

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They will provide decision-makers with more detailed knowledge of the prevailing weather conditions over some of the highest and most exposed roads in the region.

The stations are equipped with solar-powered cameras that will shortly have their images displayed on North Yorkshire County Council’s website.

This will also enable members of the public to see the road conditions before commencing their journeys.

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Blakey Ridge is one of the county's most exposed roads Picture: Google

The weather stations can be found on high, remote roads such as the B6255 at Ribblehead in the Yorkshire Dales and on Blakey Ridge on the North York Moors.

Another station is at the Hole of Horcum on the A169, which winds across moorland between Pickering and Whitby.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire’s executive member for Highways said: “This is a great step forward.

"This state-of-the-art equipment allows us to have invaluable, up-to-the-minute information about the state of our roads across some of our highest roads.

“North Yorkshire has some of the most challenging and remote routes in England in the winter as many of our roads pass over the high ground of the Yorkshire Dales as well as the North Yorks Moors and this can make travelling treacherous at times.

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"Our winter gritting fleet works highly effectively throughout the winter, but despite our best efforts the weather can change dramatically for the worst in these remote routes and so accurate information about road conditions is essential to inform and keep the travelling public as safe as possible.

“With the data and images provided by these weather stations we hope the public will be able to make more informed, safer, journey choices during the winter period.”

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