The UK Government is pledging that drivers will soon be able to plan their journeys better to avoid roadworks, thanks to what it calls an innovative new digital system.
The Department for Transport is investing up to £10 million in Street Manager, a digital planning service due to launch next year, to replace a “costly and ineffective system” that will make more consistent, accurate data on street works available to motorists.
The DfT adds that unlike current data on roadworks which is “often out of date and incomplete”, Street Manager will generate real time data and will be free for technology companies and app developers to use. It adds that this will allow existing apps and providers to enhance their services making them even more accurate and allow other firms to create new products to help drivers avoid jams. It could see the latest data being shared via satnavs and app ‘push’ notifications to help motorists choose a new route.
Roads Minister Jesse Norman 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.”
DfT says Street Manager will replace an out-of-date and ineffective system currently in use by local authorities and utility companies, allowing them to accurately record and share data better on the 2.5 million roadworks that take place in England each year, thus supporting them to collaborate on joint works and better coordinate timings so that drivers don’t get caught up in multiple works. It adds that it will also support local businesses across the country by helping stop delivery vehicles from getting stuck in traffic jams caused by roadworks.