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Plan your journey in advance as the great summer getaway begins

People heading off for their summer break over the next few days are being urged to plan in advance with around nine million leisure journeys predicted on the roads nationally on Friday and Saturday alone.

This week the RAC predicted that the busiest times will be Friday between 1pm and 8pm and Saturday 11am until 4pm. Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said live traffic information and forward planning could help ease holiday travel.

For national live traffic information, people can use the Roadworks.org website, which the county council, utility companies and Highways England feed information into. The site lets people know where work is taking place, at what times, who is carrying it out and how it is affecting traffic flow.

Those travelling around Staffordshire can use the recently launched Roadzwork app. The app was developed in Staffordshire with the backing of the county council. It helps people avoid roadworks and other incidents on their local, regular routes by informing them before they set out. People can add any Staffordshire route to find out about works, incidents or public events which may cause delays reaching their 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.

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.

Helen Fisher added:

This weekend the big summer getaway begins, with the heaviest holiday traffic predicted over the next few days. Of course some delays across the national network will be inevitable, but with some forward planning people can make their journeys easier. If it’s possible to travel outside of the busiest times this would be advisable and Roadworks.org will provide live traffic information. The Roadzwork app will prove useful if travelling in and around Staffordshire – particularly if there is congestion on one of the main arterial routes like the M6 which would bring more traffic onto our local network. We want anyone heading away to have a safe and enjoyable time and hope they avoid the worst of any holiday congestion.”

The RAC predicts 36.5 million ‘leisure’ journeys in the first fortnight of the school holidays.

Roadzwork is 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.