Phone technology gives user live travel updates

Planned roadworks and traffic updates for England’s motorways and trunk roads.

A free iPhone application is making travel on England’s motorways and strategic trunk roads easier with constant live updates from the Highways Agency’s National Traffic Control Centre.

The software pinpoints the user’s current location, gives a breakdown of any planned roadworks, displays live traffic updates and tunes in to the Highways Agency’s own radio station which broadcasts round the clock from the National Traffic Control Centre.

Other services fed by the live data from the National Traffic Control Centre include overhead variable message signs on motorways, telephone information services, Traffic Radio on DAB digital radio and the internet, travel bulletins on nearly all local and national radio stations, Google maps and more than 300 different websites run by various media organisations.

Simon Sheldon-Wilson, Highways Agency director of traffic management, said: "This sort of project is a key part of our information strategy aimed at getting traffic information out to road users where and when they need it, allowing road users to plan their journeys better, helping reduce congestion and lower emissions."

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