People are being advised to plan their journey if heading away over the bank holiday with busy roads expected and rail engineering work scheduled.
Motorists travelling in and around Staffordshire can use the recently launched Roadzwork app, which can help people avoid roadworks and other incidents on their local, regular routes by informing them before they set out.
At the moment, the app covers Staffordshire roads only, though looks set to be rolled out wider. People can add any Staffordshire route to find out about works, incidents or public events which may cause delays when they reach the location. 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 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. 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.
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 this weekend should check for engineering works and altered services from Friday. All train company service changes can be found at
Staffordshire County Council’s transport leader Mark Deaville said:
The bank holiday weekend will be an extremely busy time on the roads with engineering work on the railway network also set to take place.
“People can make their journeys easier by planning them in advance, either by using our new Roadzwork app if travelling locally or the national Roadworks.org website if going further afield.
“By accessing live travel updates we’d hope that people can remove some of the stresses of travelling and can enjoy their weekends.”
Roadzwork has resulted from a pilot project funded by Innovate UK, which is part of the Government Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Stoke-based Beepz LLP won the contract to develop the app.