App will help you dodge roadworks

App will help you dodge roadworks: New technology thanks to £10million scheme to help councils and utility firms to carry out repairs together

  • Satnav systems often receive out-of-date information about roadworks
  • But Street Manager, due to be launched next year, will allow councils and utility firms to provide the latest details on where and when roadworks are taking place
  • It will also help them plan to carry out repairs together

It can spoil a weekend break or cast a cloud over the start of a holiday.

But sitting fuming in a queue of traffic caused by roadworks could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new £10 million Government information scheme.

At present, satnav systems and journey apps on mobile phones often receive out-of-date and incomplete information about where streets are being dug up, making it difficult for drivers to find clearer routes and avoid jams.

At present, satnav systems and journey apps on mobile phones often receive out-of-date and incomplete information about where streets are being dug up, making it difficult for drivers to find clearer routes and avoid jams

But a new digital system called Street Manager, due to be launched next year, will allow councils and utility firms to provide the latest details on where and when roadworks are taking place.

It will also help them plan to carry out repairs together, preventing roadwork hold-ups in the same spots on repeated occasions.

The data will be provided free of charge to technology firms and developers for them to use in satnavs and apps, making them more accurate.


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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. 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.’

It will also help them plan to carry out repairs together, preventing roadwork hold-ups in the same spots on repeated occasions

Roadworks in England cost the economy about £4 billion each year in delays to workers and deliveries.

In a further effort to reduce the impact of miles of coned-off roads, the Department for Transport will announce today more help for local authorities to make firms pay for digging up streets.

So-called ‘lane rental schemes’ will give powers to councils to charge gas, electricity and water firms up to £2,500 a day if they carry out roadworks on main roads at busy times.

The roll-out follows successful trials in London and Kent, which generated fees while cutting congestion. 

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