People are being advised to plan their journey if heading away over the final bank holiday of the year with busy roads expected and some rail engineering work scheduled.
Tomorrow (Friday) and Monday are expected to be the busiest days for travel. Motorists travelling in and around Staffordshire can use the 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 coversStaffordshire 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 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. Buses will replace trains between Rugeley Trent Valley and Walsall until Monday while engineering work takes place. All train company service changes can be found at www.nationalrail.co.uk
Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said: “Many people will be heading away to enjoy the final bank holiday of 2017. We know it’ll be very busy on the roads, particularly tomorrow and on Monday. When 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 this weekend. 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.