PEOPLE are being advised to plan their journey if heading away on one of the busiest weekends for travel of the year.
Roads are expected to be busy from today as the school summer holidays begin. People are also being urged to check rail schedules if they’re planning to travel by train.
All train company services 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 member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “The school summer holidays start today and we’re expecting this weekend to be busy on the roads. We’re advising 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 before they travel. We hope that people can remove some of the stresses of travelling and that they enjoy their break.”