roadworks.org, the national traffic and roadworks website, is being re-launched today with an improved mobile-friendly design and lots more information for road users and highways professionals.
roadworks.org is the only national traffic and travel website to include all the main sources of disruption affecting both the motorway network and local roads. The new look website displays live congestion information, live incidents, road closures and diversion routes, temporary traffic restrictions, roadworks and major public events. It even includes live bus and train departure information courtesy of a link up with Transport API.
roadworks.org began in 2003 as a means of local authorities publishing statutory roadworks information in anticipation of the Traffic Management Act. More recently it has evolved into a national integrated traffic information hub. The website includes live feeds from Google, the national highways agencies of England, Wales and Scotland, regional transport authorities in London and Greater Manchester, and most importantly 169 of the 175 local highway authorities of England and Wales, which are responsible for managing some of the most significant road closures and other disruptions affecting travellers.
The new version of roadworks.org displays live images from 'jam cam' traffic cameras and live information on roadside signs across London and many other parts of the country, with local authorities contributing information from their traffic management control centres.
Over 40 Local Authorities are currently using the system to manage and publicise live road closures, diversion routes and other temporary traffic interventions and in these areas the website has become the single authoritative source of disruptions affecting road users and local residents. The website provides real-time bus, train and tram departure information and a new journey planning function allows users to plan trips with options for driving and public transport.
"We never imagined when ELGIN re-launched elgin.gov.uk in 2011 that a small regional roadworks site could become the powerful national platform of integrated traffic management information that it has become," said Keith Davenport, chair of the ELGIN National Users Group and West Midlands JAG.