New digital service to help you avoid roadworks

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Published on 6 September 2018 by Matt Colley

A new government initiative will help road users plan to avoid roadworks on journeys.

The Department for Transport will launch the Street Manager digital planning service, which was bankrolled by £10 million of government funding, in 2019.

This comes after a recent Motorcycle Rider report noting that Highways England will also begin exploring novel ways to evaluate improved roadworks to reduce driver frustration.

Street Manager aims to replace the system currently in place so that utility companies and local authorities can accurately share and record data on the 2.5 million construction works that are carried out on Britain’s streets each year.

The free service will generate real-time data that can be used by app developers and tech companies to augment services such as Google Maps and Waze. This means road users will also be able to avoid traffic jams with sat navs and smart apps.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “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.”

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