Plan your journey in advance and enjoy the holiday getaway

Wednesday, 23rd May 2018

PEOPLE are being advised to plan their journey if heading away for the bank holiday or Whitsun week and check online for the latest traffic information.

Roads are expected to be busy from Friday as both the bank holiday weekend and Whitsun week begin and people are also being urged to check rail engineering schedules if they’re planning to travel by train.

Due to engineering work around Birmingham New Street this weekend, some Staffordshire rail services will be affected. All train company service changes can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk

The Roadzwork app, which was first piloted in Staffordshire, helps people avoid roadworks and other incidents on their regular routes by informing them before they set out. People can add any route to find out about works, incidents or public events which may cause delays when they reach the location.

People can also check the Roadworks.org website, which has all of the latest traffic information.Staffordshire is one of many councils and utility companies which now feeds all of its works information into www.roadworks.org  meaning people can view the latest updates across the county and nationally. It also provides live traffic flow information, enabling people to avoid congested areas or plan more time for their journey.

In addition to planning journeys in advance, motorists are being urged to check vehicle and tyre conditions before they head out on the roads to ensure they’re travelling safely.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “As with any bank holiday we expect this weekend to be busy on the roads and so it’s a good idea for people to be prepared and plan their journeys in advance.

“Main routes like the M6 and A38 could be congested at times and this can displace traffic onto our county road network. Online tools like Roadworks.org are handy as they give live traffic information and list planned works.

“Anyone travelling by train should check services due to the Birmingham works.

“We hope that people can remove some of the stresses of travelling and that they enjoy their break.”