The government has funded a new digital system to give drivers accurate data on street works so they can plan their journeys and avoid road works.
The £10 million Street Manager system, due to launch next year, will replace a costly and ineffective system.
Unlike current data on roadworks which is often out of date and incomplete, Street Manager will generate real time data and will be free for technology companies and app developers to use. This will allow existing apps and providers, such as Waze and Google maps, to enhance their services making them even more accurate and allow other firms to create new products to help drivers avoid jams. It could see the latest data being shared via satnavs and app ‘push’ notifications to help motorists choose a new route.
Street Manager will replace an out-of-date and ineffective system currently in use by local authorities and utility companies, allowing them to accurately record and share data better on the 2.5 million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. It will support them to collaborate on joint works and better coordinate timings so that drivers don’t get caught up in multiple works.
It will also support local businesses across the country by helping stop delivery vehicles from getting stuck in traffic jams caused by roadworks.