A new smart phone app has been launched which alerts road users to roadworks and delays on their regular routes.
Roadzwork was originally trialled in an Innovate UK-funded project which has now been extended across the UK to help road users avoid the “pain” associated with roadworks and other incidents on their local, regular routes by informing them of their presence before they set out.
The company says people travelling on familiar journeys – eg to work or on a school run – often only find out about works, incidents or public events, which may cause delays when they reach the location. When using the Roadzwork app, users add their routes, along with the days and times they usually travel and the app informs users of possible delays on or close to their routes, the expected severity and also provides detailed information on the works and the option to get directions to avoid the area.
James Manning, Beepz LLP CEO, said, “Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to get stuck in roadworks – especially when you need to get somewhere on time. We have developed a solution, which makes people’s daily journeys easier, whilst also providing information on the reason for the works. After a successful trial of the app in Staffordshire we are now extending it nationwide to assist road users all over the country. We do the roadworks, so you don’t have to”.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, added, ”We do all we can to inform people in advance of any of our works, but delays can also be caused by emergency utility works, incidents and public events. The Roadzwork app alerts people straight away, meaning they can allow extra time or use an alternative route.”