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The Department for Transport (DfT) is pumping £10m into a digital planning service, due to launch next year, which allows motorists to see where and when roadworks and disruptions are taking place in real time.
The digital service, named Street Manager, will allow local councils and utility companies to share and record data on roadworks in England, meaning they can collaborate and coordinate better to reduce strain on drivers being caught up in congestion several times during a single journey.
The current system in place for doing so is “costly, ineffective and out of date”, according to the DfT.
The department hopes that by opening up the data for tech companies and app developers, current apps like Google maps can improve their service, by being able to provide accurate and real-time information on roadworks, as well as providing opportunities for new products coming to the market.
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,” said Norman.
“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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