UK drivers will be able to plan journeys better to avoid roadworks, thanks to a new digital system funded by the Government.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is investing up to £10 million in ‘Street Manager’, a digital planning service due to be launched in 2019. This will replace what the Government calls ‘a costly and ineffective system’ - making more consistent, accurate data on road works available to motorists.
Street Manager will generate real-time data and will be free for technology companies and app developers to use. This could allow existing apps and providers to enhance their services, making them more accurate, and let other companies create new products to help drivers avoid jams.
The Government Roads Minister comments:
‘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The DfT explains that Street Manager will replace an out-of-date and ineffective system currently in use by local authorities and utility companies - allowing them to accurately record and share data better on the 2.5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.