Stoke City Vs Tottenham Hotspur Travel Advice

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.

Highways team is to provide around the clock Christmas cover

Dedicated gritting crews will be on call around the clock to fight the festive freeze which is expected to descend this Christmas.

Temperatures are predicted to plummet to as low as -10 degrees during the next few days and the team is on high alert to tackle any troubles.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways team has already faced a busy weekend, spreading 1,500 tonnes of salt. Crews visited each of the area’s 60 routes at 5am on Saturday and Sunday and again during the early evening. Some of the more affected routes were treated three times.

The team has access to a fleet of over 60 salting vehicles, 140 snow blades, and 20 tractor-mounted snow blowers. And 10 of the salting machines use pre-wetted salt, ensuring more immediate and effective action, stopping ice before it gets a grip.

In addition, gritters and snow ploughs are parked up on farms, with farmers contracted in if needed.

Across the county’s seven highways depots, 9,000 tonnes of grit is stockpiled ready to use and an extra delivery is expected before Christmas.

Staffordshire grits 43% of its roads ““ higher than the national average of 35%. However this does mean some will remain untreated. The message is that every driver should be extra careful on all roads during icy weather.

Councillor Mike Maryon, Cabinet member for Highways, said: “The weather has really taken a turn for the worse over the last few days and, with temperatures expected to drop to an icy -10 degrees by tomorrow, the highways team is ready to step up to the challenge.

“However, people need to remember that salt treatment is only effective down to about -7 degrees so they need to be aware that even treated roads will be icy when it gets this cold.

“Crews will be on call around the clock but there are roads which will be untreated and even on gritted roads people will still need to exercise extra caution. The message is a clear one to motorists ““ you must take extra care when driving in winter conditions and avoid travelling if possible when the weather’s really bad.”

The gritting teams have already been out on around 20 occasions across the county during December from depots in Gailey, Newcastle, Lichfield, Stone, Uttoxeter, Leek and Hemmingslow.

It is an expensive business ““ even in an average winter we use over £700,000 worth of salt. Including plant and labour that’s £30,000 every time the vehicles hit Staffordshire’s streets to spread salt.

Drivers urged to take extra care in winter conditions

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on Staffordshire’s roads this week as weather forecasts predict a cold snap is on the way.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways teams are on hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep the roads network open for business.

A fleet of over 60 salting vehicles, 140 snow blades, and 20 tractor-mounted snow blowers is on hand. And ten of the salting machines use pre-wetted salt, ensuring more immediate and effective action, stopping ice before it gets a grip.

In addition, gritters and snow ploughs are parked up on farms, with farmers contracted in if needed.

Across the county’s seven highways depots, 13,500 tonnes of grit is stockpiled ready to use on more than 60 regular gritting routes.

Staffordshire grits 43% of its roads ““ higher than the national average of 35%. However this does mean some will remain untreated. The message is that every driver should be extra careful on all roads during icy weather.

Cabinet member for highways Mike Maryon said: “We’re obviously well prepared for the worst of the winter weather and are ready to act at short notice.

“Staffordshire is a large county with varying weather conditions. Our highways teams are continually monitoring the weather forecasts and will head out onto the roads whenever and wherever necessary.

“But the message is a clear one to motorists ““ you must take extra care when driving in winter conditions and avoid travelling if possible when the weather’s really bad.

“We will do our very best to make the roads safer and work round-the-clock if we need to. However there are roads which will be untreated and even on gritted roads people will still need to exercise extra caution.”

The gritting team has been out on around 75 occasions across the county since October. The teams at Gailey, Newcastle, Lichfield, Stone and Uttoxeter have been out approximately seven times each. The more severe weather in the north of the county has meant that the teams from Leek and Ladderage have been out around 20 times each.

It is an expensive business ““ even in an average winter we use over £700,000 worth of salt. Including plant and labour that’s £30,000 every time the vehicles hit Staffordshire’s streets to spread salt.