People are being advised to plan their journey if heading away for Christmas or New Year with busy roads expected and some rail engineering work scheduled.
Friday is expected to be the busiest day for travel with many people making the final commute before Christmas at the same time as people travel away for the holiday period. Both Saturday and Sunday will be busy on road and rail too.
Motorists travelling in and around Staffordshire can use the Roadzwork app, which was piloted in Staffordshire and will soon be rolled out nationally. It can help people avoid roadworks and other incidents on their local, regular routes by informing them before they set out. The app is available today on the App Store for iOS (by searching for ‘roadzwork’) and is being developed for both Android and Windows operating systems.
People travelling further afield can check www.roadworks.org which has all of the latest traffic information.
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.
Anyone using the train over the festive period should check for engineering works and altered services. Work taking place between Wolverhampton and Birmingham will affect some train services through Staffordshire from Christmas Eve until January 2. All train company service changes can be found at
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:
This weekend will be extremely busy on the roads and on the trains and if at all possible people may want to avoid travelling on ‘frantic Friday’. If main routes like the M6 and A38 are congested, this can displace traffic onto other county roads.
We’re advising people to plan their journeys in advance over the next week. By accessing live travel updates we’d hope that people can remove some of the stresses of travelling and can enjoy Christmas and the New Year.”