Football fans are being urged to make sure they leave plenty of time to arrive at the Britannia Stadium for the match on Saturday.
Stoke City welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the Britannia Stadium for the match which kicks off at 3pm.
The Midlands Grand National is also taking place this Saturday at Uttoxeter Racecourse, so traffic is set to be very heavy in the east of the county. Fans travelling from London for the match are being recommended to use the M6 route rather than the M1.
Supt Adrian Bloor, from Staffordshire Police who is the match commander for Saturday’s game said, ‘I would encourage football supporters to allow plenty of time to travel to this Saturday’s game. In addition to the match there is a large-scale sporting fixture at Uttoxeter Racecourse, and so thousands of extra visitors will be travelling to the county. Spurs fans are recommended to travel to Stoke-on-Trent using the M6 – allowing extra time due to roadworks around Birmingham – or if using the M1 to expect congestion around Uttoxeter.’
He went on to say, ‘At recent matches a number of fans have arrived very close to kick-off for the game, which has caused extended traffic delays on roads around the stadium. We want to avoid this on Saturday if at all possible.’
Fans are also reminded not to alight from cars, taxis and buses on the A50 – and then walking on, and crossing over, the lanes of the carriageways. This is extremely dangerous.
Vehicles parked illegally on grass verges surrounding the stadium will also be towed away, and a fine imposed to get the vehicle back.