As Staffordshire prepares to host the Midlands Grand National over the weekend, people are being reminded to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys.
This Saturday (17 March) will see thousands of visitors descend on the county for this year’s Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
With the roads and traffic expected to be busier than usual, drivers are being reminded to make their travel arrangements early and take extra care on the roads.
Helen Fisher, Cabinet Support Member for Highways and Transport at Staffordshire County Council said:
“The Midlands Grand National is one of the largest sporting events in the county and is expected to attract around 16,000 people. We know our roads are going to be much busier than normal, so I would encourage people to plan their journeys ahead and allow themselves plenty of time to get there.
“It’s always a wonderful event that showcases the best of the county and provides an important boost to our tourism sector. Saturday is also St. Patrick’s Day too and with all the B&Bs, hotels and restaurants booked up over the weekend, I’m sure people will get a taste of what our great county has to offer.”
The Midlands Grand National is the second largest steeplechase in the UK, after the Aintree Grand National and is estimated to generate around £4m for the local economy.
Train operators will be putting on extra services during the day and passengers can find out more at www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk
For further details on the Midlands Grand National visit www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk/midlands-grand-national, or call 01889 562561.