LIVE: Friday’s traffic and travel news as ‘millions’ set to hit the road

The Easter weekend is upon us and those who have some time off work will be planning just how to make the best use of this four-day break. As such the roads around the area – along with the M6 – are expected to be busy. So much so that The Mirror reports how there could be an estimated 21 million ‘leisure trips’ carried out this weekend – the most since the RAC began recording the statistic back in 2014.

To help the RAC has provided the times motorists should avoid certain routes – with the M6 around Stoke-on-Trent figuring on that list – which is included in the blog below. Coupled with some decent weather predicted it’s all set to be busy out there. As always there are road works to make you aware of and those planning a trip from the Potteries into the Moorlands and the Peak District can expect some temporary lights on the busy A53.

: Potholed rat-run gets much-needed repairs Works have started up in Longsdon at the junction of School Lane and Sutherland Road. This was causing some delays in the area yesterday and is likely to spark queues today as many plan a trip out.

Lane closures around Lime Kiln lights on the outskirts of Hanley and Bucknall are also continuing. Yesterday and more works were being carried out on Redhills Road between Milton and Birches Head. StokeonTrentLive reported how highways teams had gone to the stretch for the second consecutive day to fix up the number of craters which have developed on the rat-run. Away from the Potteries and earlier this morning there were delays on the M6 between Junction 23 and Junction 24 on the southbound carriageway.

Traffic officers took to social media to upload an image of a truck which had left the road and was left on its side in a ditch. Back in Stoke-on-Trent and officers carried out an ‘intelligence-led stop’ overnight on Lightwood Road. The force said the driver had been arrested on suspicion of being in possession of class A drugs and drug-driving.

Those going to the football today, and Stoke City fans are reminded there are works ongoing on Leek Road by Staffordshire University with temporary lights in place. Motorists are advised there’ll be extra traffic on the A50 and A500 as the Potters kick-off against Bristol City at 3pm. Over in South Cheshire and Crewe Alex – with interim boss Alex Morris in charge following the departure of David Artell – will face Ipswich Town at The Mornflake Stadium.

Extra traffic is expected on Nantwich Road, Crewe Road and Mill Lane.

Follow our blog for the latest on the roads today (Friday, April 15).

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