For all those gearing up for an exciting bank holiday weekend, Staffordshire County Council have issued a warning to make sure you get the most out of your three days as possible. The council are advising road-users to plan in advance before they set off to try and avoid potentially busy roads.
Friday, August 25 and Monday, August 28 are expected to be the busiest times on the road in Burton and the surrounding area..
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council's cabinet support member for highways and transport, 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 country roads. We’ve advising people to plan their journeys in advance this weekend.
"By accessing live travel updates we would hope that people can remove some of the stresses of travelling and can enjoy their weekends."
Anyone travelling around the county this weekend, Staffordshire County Council have released the Roadzwork mobile phone app, which details live traffic updates, including road works and hot spots for traffic.
Anyone lucky enough to be travelling further can keep an eye on the situation on the countries roads by visiting www.roadworks.org for live traffic information.
How is the weather looking?
One factor which will inevitably either ruin or make a bank holiday weekend, and that is the weather. And it might be a good weekend to stay in and around Burton and South Derbyshire, without good weather and not a spot of rain expected across the three day weekend.
On Saturday, August 26, sun is expected to be out across the day. Temperatures should stay around 20C throughout the day, without dipping below 18C until around 9pm.
Sunday, August 27 looks like a similar story with the sun beaming throughout with the day, with patches of clouds between 1pm and 4pm.
Temperatures once again will rise to around 20C at noon, and stay there until the sunsets at 10pm.
Finally, it looks like the weather will be treating us all on Bank Holiday Monday, August 28, with temperatures soaring to around 24C by 4pm. The sun is expected to be high from 10am, and lasting right through to roughly 7pm.
Will roadworks delay you in Burton on bank holiday?
Highways England is lifting more than 98 per cent of road works across the country to help people travelling over the August bank holiday – and motorists are being urged to make sure their vehicles are ready for the journey.
Last year, more than 20 motorists broke down each day during July and August because they had run out of fuel.
Roadworks lifted near Burton and South Derbyshire:
A42 Junction 13 to M1 Junction 23a (near Ashby)
0.75 mile(s) of roadworks have been completed for the August bank holiday period.
Before setting off on the road, Highways England recommends motorists to:
- Check fuel: Make sure you have enough to get to your destination.
- Check tyres: Prior to setting off on a long/significant journey, check your tyre pressure and the condition of your tyres, including the spare. Look out for cuts or wear and make sure the tyres have a minimum tread depth of 1.6mm, which is the legal limit.
- Check engine oil: Use your dipstick to check oil before any long journey, and top up if needed. Take your car back to the garage if you're topping up more than usual.
- Check water: To ensure you have good visibility, always keep your screen wash topped up so you can clear debris or dirt off your windscreen.
- Check your lights: If your indicators, hazard lights, headlights, fog lights, reverse lights or brake lights are not functioning properly, you are putting yourself at risk. In addition, light malfunctions can be a reason for your vehicle to fail its MoT.
What's on in and around Burton this bank holiday?
Bank holidays are just great, aren’t they? Answering those age old complaints that two days are not enough for a weekend by adding an extra day of relaxation into the mix.
But the summer bank holiday, which takes place on Monday, August 28 always feels a little bit different, sitting in the middle of the six weeks school holidays.
By now, finding things to do to keep the kids and the whole family entertained is starting to get really tough, and the bank holiday merely adds one more day to fill, so we have found a few things that you can do this bank holiday weekend.
Steaming at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station
Claymills Victorian Pumping Station will be holding one of its steaming events this bank holiday weekend, welcoming adults and children alike behind the scenes for a look around.
Visitors are able to get hands-on and try some of the equipment to see how the more than 120-year old restored sewage station worked.
The station's two 30-tonne beam engines, along with 24 other original steam engines based at the site can be seen by visitors. For more information, visit the Clay Mills website online here .
Swadlincote Makers Market
The much-anticipated specialist market is set to return with live entertainment, arts, crafts, and vintage and retro goods.
The monthly Swadlincote Makers Market is held along the high street in the South Derbyshire town and is co-organised by Curly Magpie and Friends and Swadlincote Markets.
The market attracts visitors from far and wide with its variety of gifts, unique home wares, clothing and locally produced food and drink.
Stalls will be offering everything from wines and jams to handmade children’s clothes, knitted gifts and vintage memorabilia.
For more information about the food, crafts and everything else that is available at this month’s Makers Market, visit their website online here.
Family fun weekend at National Brewery Centre
The National Brewery Centre, in Burton, is holding a family fun weekend this bank holiday, including face painting, arts and crafts, Shire horse rides, fairground rides and more.
Sooty and Friends will be stopping by for a visit too, and have decided to put on some shows while they are there. Sooty, Sweep, Soo and their friends will be performing an entertainment and magic show in the centre.
There will also be Sublime Science, an interactive science experience that won Dragon’s Den, that encourages children to get hands-on with science.
To find out more about all of the upcoming events at the National Brewery Centre, visit the website online here