NOTE: This content is old - Published: Thursday, Nov 26th, 2015.
Cheshire Police are warning shoppers heading out for ‘Black Friday’ bargains over the next few days be patient and behave sensibly as the volume of traffic is expected do increase significantly over the weekend.
Historically ‘Black Friday’ as it’s known, causes absolute havoc on the roads surrounding major shopping destinations as shoppers hunt for a bargain or two.
Cheshire Police are asking people to be patient and be aware of the huge increase in demand on road and travel networks.
High levels of traffic are expected around Cheshire Oaks, onto and off the M53 and the surrounding roads on a normal day, but extra patrols will be deployed this weekend to help manage any situations as they arise to ease congestion.
Cheshire Police are asking motorists to consider their plans over the weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday and to vary their shopping times to make these days as stress-free as possible for all concerned.
Shoppers should plan their journey in advance, which might include considering going out at a different time – later in the evening, for example.
Be prepared, very prepared.
Police say you should also prepare for the possibility of being stuck in traffic for any length of time, ensuring you have a supply of food and drink and warm blankets or clothing in your vehicle.
Cheshire Constabulary Chief Inspector Giles Orton said:
“Wherever you decide to shop this weekend you are reminded to behave rationally and with dignity. We recognise the excitement this weekend can generate and we would ask anyone coming to the area over the weekend to follow us on Twitter (@PoliceEPort) for the latest information – don’t let your let your Black Friday turn into a Blue Christmas.”