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Monday, 2 July 2007

traffic, traffic, traffic..

Since it was launched, I've found the Highways Agency's Real Time Traffic Info service an indispensable help to warning me of problems on the motorways and main roads.

Over the past few months, there have been a small collection of new traffic reporting services emerging:

  • www.trafficradio.org.uk is a new DAB radio station provided by the Highways Agency, with live updates and long term information. A fair amount of it is pre-recorded audio (mentioning, for example, the M1 widening) but it's regionalised and - since it's the Highways Agency, I'm guessing it's accurate!

  • www.keepmoving.co.uk is a little more unusual, with eyewitness reports of jams and free text alerts for a user-editable commute.

Of course, with both of these one risks the same issues as listening to the travel reports on the radio - especially commercial stations from my experiences. Many radio travel services are subcontracted to third parties, such as AA Roadwatch and fifteen minute apart bulletins can't always keep track of the changes on the roads. It will be interesting to see how things go, though - I'll certainly report back on the text messages I get!

One more travel related link: www.transportdirect.info - I came across this by chance while looking for other sites. Its main selling point is that it can compare driving with public transport. I shall have to research that further!

Posted by james at July 2, 2007 9:17 AM

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