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Plan your journey in advance and enjoy the Christmas getaway

People should plan their journey if heading away for Christmas and use live traffic information for stress-free travel, the county’s transport leader has said.

Mark Deaville said the county council had made every effort to ensure major works have been lifted in the run-up to Christmas, easing congestion during the busiest travel period of the year and enabling businesses to thrive. However he has urged people to check live travel information and check rail services with engineering work scheduled in many places over the holiday period.

Staffordshire is one of many councils and utility companies which now feeds all of its works information into the roadworks.org website, meaning people can view the latest updates across the county and nationally. The site lets people know where work is taking place, at what times, who is carrying it out and how it affects traffic flow. It also provides live traffic flow information, enabling people to avoid congested areas or plan more time for their journey. People can view the latest traffic information on www.roadworks.org

Nationally over 200 engineering projects are scheduled across the rail network between December 24 and January 2. No services run on Christmas Day with limited services on Boxing Day. Timetables may be amended over the Christmas and New Year period. People should visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for the latest information.

Mark said:

The busiest travel period in the year is now under way and we’d urge people to take a few minutes and plan their journey in advance. The roadworks.org website gives all of the latest information about what’s going on across Staffordshire’s road network, including trunk roads and motorways. It also shows traffic flow, which is useful even where there are no works. Train services over Christmas may well be altered so again people need to check before they travel. We want people to have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year and hope their journeys are stress-free too.”