The Highways Agency has opened a £160m National Traffic Control Centre to give drivers up-to-date information on the state of the motorway network.
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The new centre has been made possible by consolidating the systems and information generated by existing regional traffic centres and national roadside infrastructure systems via a single hub.
The centre is based near the M5 at Quinton, Birmingham, and draws data from almost 4,000 road sensors and 700 CCTV cameras around the country.
Using this information, as well as data from weather forecasts, police forces, and existing Highways Agency databases, the Agency will issue comprehensive information to allow drivers to plan their journeys more effectively.
Drivers can access the information online and also via a 24-hour automated phone line. Roadside information will also be provided to drivers on electronic message boards.