UK councils are responding to the national emergency by publishing emergency closures and diversions instantly on a national platform.
Somerset County Council responded to the crisis in the Somerset levels by publishing their diversions on the web in the last 24 hours. Stoke became the first to tweet out this vital information. Dorset, Devon, Coventry, Warwickshire, East Sussex, Surrey, Bracknell Forest and the Isle of Wight are all publishing their diversion routes live on the web. Wokingham responded to the severe flooding in the Thames Valley area by going live on Tuesday.
Iain Thornton from Ringway Island Roads (Isle of Wight Council) commented: "It only takes a minute to create an emergency road closure and diversion route using the TM app." Isle of Wight Council is using the app to update landslides, floods and works.
ELGIN Chairman Shane O'Neill added: "There has never before existed a national platform to instantly publish local closures and diversions, and it is fantastic that so many local highway authorities are responding to the flooding and utilising the new diversions app to communicate instantly to emergency services and the public."
ELGIN's Traffic Management App changes the way local road closures and diversions are communicated live and instantly to the web and via Twitter - and for the first time on a national platform.
Authorities wishing to convert their trial to live implementation can be switched on immediately. For more information contact [email protected] or visit the website at www.elgin.org.uk.