Motorists can ‘cut road delays’ and avoid traffic jams with DfT’s brand new roadworks app
Journey planning will be revolutionised with drivers able to avoid key traffic delays such as roadworks and utility street repairs. The new innovative digital system went live yesterday in a drastic bid to reduce traffic levels as motorists switch public transport for their own cars.
- Drivers will face 46 mile diversion for one road closure
The new service will provide data on every utility street works programme and local authority road work scheme in an area.
The data is added to the app utility companies and highway authorities in a bid to help motorists slash journey times.
Posting the announcement on Twitter, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the service would help coordinate journeys based around existing works to help get the country moving.
He said: “To cut road delays & jams just as the country starts to get moving again, Street Manager has gone live today.
“This new system opens up data for mapping & journey apps, helping to coordinate & show where road or pavement works are taking place.”
The DfT said the app would generate real time data with all the information being free for technology companies to utilise.
They say it will allow existing providers such as Waze and Google Maps to enhance their services to include extra accurate information.
The DfT said the information may even be shared through sat nav systems and with push notifications to help drivers select a new route.
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The new tool will replace an out of date system which will allow authorities to share information about urgent works.
Recent research from INRIX found commuters spent an average of 149 hours in traffic jams in London last year.
Belfast saw the second highest traffic levels with commuters spending 122 hours each year sat in their cars
Bristol, Edinburgh and Manchester were also high offenders as Cardiff, Lincoln and Aylesbury all recorded over 80 hours of traffic jams per commuter each year.
With around 2.5million individual roadworks projects in England every year, the new device could be revolutionary for daily travellers.
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Speaking at the announcement of the project in 2018, previous Roads Minister Jesse Nornan said the service would allow drivers to “avoid works” and get to their destinations “more easily”.
He said: “Roadworks can often be frustrating for motorists, especially when they cause hold-ups at busy times and delay journeys.
“We want to reduce this disruption and delay, and Street Manager is just one of a number of actions we are taking so that local authorities and utility companies can better plan and manage their roadworks.
“The data opened up by this new digital service should enable motorists to plan their journeys better, so they can avoid works and get to their destinations more easily.”
The Department for Transport is believed to have invested up to £10million in the new app which was expected to launch last year.
The DfT had hoped to introduce the system by 1 April 2020 but this was further delayed after concern from local councils.
There were concerns the system did not have all of the functionality of the previous system which is being removed.
It is believed there was no historical data being transferred onto the new system due to budgetary concerns.
This caused chaos among councils who would either need to carry out the process of manually inputting data or find a way around the new technology.
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