The Department for Transport (DfT) is investing up to £10 million in its Street Manager digital system.
An innovative digital planning service, Street Manager is set to launch next year and will greatly assist the way motorists and businesses plan their journeys.
By replacing the current system, it will produce more accurate, consistent data, giving motorists more reliable data about roadworks.
It will replace systems that are deemed both ineffective and costly, generating information about roadworks that is often either out of date or incomplete.
Instead, Street Manager will generate real time data that is free to app developers and technology companies.
Existing apps and providers will therefore be able to enhance their services to make them more accurate.
This will allow other organisations to create new products, helping drivers and their businesses avoid traffic jams.
Jesse Norman, Road Minister, said the new digital system is one of many options to reduce congestion.
“Roadworks can often be frustrating for motorists, especially when they cause hold-ups at busy times and delay journeys.
“We want to reduce this disruption and delay, and Street Manager is just one of a number of actions we are taking so that local authorities and utility companies can better plan and manage their roadworks.
“The data opened up by this new digital service should enable motorists to plan their journeys better, so they can avoid works and get to their destinations more easily.”
This is the latest in a number of innovations outlined to accelerate the digital revolution on local roads.
ADEPT is pushing its members to apply for a share of a £25 million fund that will help to digitally innovate local roads, and Street Manager will continue this innovation, providing local authorities, businesses and utility companies with accurate data regarding the 2.5 million roadworks in England each year.