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People urged to plan their journeys as thousands expected for Midlands Grand National

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 (18 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 plan their travel arrangements early and take extra care on the roads.

Mark Deaville, Highways Chief at Staffordshire County Council explains that the event is one of the largest sporting events in the county, providing a welcome boost to the local economy and it is important that everyone gets to enjoy the event safely.

Mark said:

“With around 16,000 people expected for the event we know our roads will be much busier than normal. The most important thing is that everyone gets to, and from the venue safely and I would like to remind people to plan their journeys ahead and allow themselves plenty of time to get there.

Mark added:

“It’s always a great event that showcases the best of the county and provides an important boost to our tourism sector. With all the B&Bs, hotels and restaurants booked up over the weekend, we hope people get a taste of what our great county has to offer and then return for a future visit.”

The Midlands Grand National is one of the most colourful and spectacular days out on the regions sporting calendar and the second largest steeplechase in the UK, after the Aintree Grand National. The event is estimated to generate around £4m for the local economy.

Train operators will also 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 or to buy tickets visit http://www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk/midlands-grand-national, or call 01889 562561.