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Take care with Christmas travel and potential severe weather

People are being urged to travel with care on their festive getaways tomorrow with the effects of Storm Barbara potentially causing some disruption.

Friday is predicted to be the busiest day for travel with strong winds and rain forecast. Weather warnings have been issued for between midday and 6pm on Friday. Staffordshire County Council’s highways team is monitoring conditions and is prepared to clear any fallen trees or debris on the roads.

County council transport leader Mark Deaville said:

While Staffordshire should miss the worst weather people need to be prepared for very strong winds and the potential of some disruption tomorrow afteroon. Coming on the busiest travel weekend of the year we’d like to remind people to be extra careful on the roads and allow additional time for their journeys. People can access live traffic information on the roadworks.org website and National Rail for train information. As ever our highways team will be on hand to deal with any fallen trees throughout the Christmas and New Year period to ensure Staffordshire people’s festive travel plans face as little disruption as possible.”

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 http://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.