By Claire West
Road users are being advised by the Highways Agency to plan their journeys and be prepared for increased traffic during the Pope’s visit later this week as thousands of people travel to events across the country.
On Thursday 16 September the Pope will be visiting Edinburgh and Glasgow, and there may be increased northbound traffic on the M6 and A1 up to mid-day, and increased southbound traffic in the late afternoon and evening.
On Friday 17 and Saturday 18 September the Pope will be visiting London and there may be increased traffic on approaches to the M25 and other roads heading into and out of central London.
On Sunday 19 September large numbers of people will be travelling by coach to attend a Mass in south Birmingham. The approaches to M42 Junction 2 and M5 Junction 4, along with surrounding roads, are likely to be very busy from midnight until early morning, and again from mid-day until late afternoon. There may also be increased traffic on other roads heading into central Birmingham.
Highways Agency Planning Manager, Jenny Moten, said:
“Highways Agency Traffic Officers will be on patrol in locations where there may be additional traffic, to ensure that incidents are cleared quickly. Only those with pre-booked tickets obtained through their Catholic parish will be admitted to the Mass. Because of the level of traffic expected, all road-users should take particular care to plan their journeys and check traffic conditions before travelling. Live traffic information is available from our website, and information will be fed to local and national radio travel bulletins and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Electronic message signs will give up to the minute information on traffic conditions from our National Traffic Control Centre.”
Drivers can get up-to-the-minute information on road conditions on the Highways Agency’s website: www.highways.gov.uk