App trialled in Staffordshire to help drivers avoid roadworks

A new smart phone app has been launched to alert drivers to roadworks on their routes through Staffordshire.

The Roadzwork app has been developed by Stoke-based Beepz LLP to let road users know about roadworks and other incidents before they set out.

Users can add their routes - such as the school run and commute to work - along with the days and times they usually travel, and the app will inform them of possible delays on or close to their routes, the expected severity and the option to get directions to avoid the area.

James Manning, Beepz LLP owner, said: "We know that roadworks or incidents on our roads can cause frustration, especially when they cause us to be late or delay our journey.

"We have developed a solution which will make people’s daily journeys easier, whilst also providing information on the reason for the works.

"We have been working closely with the county council and its partners who are keen to use the latest technology to improve life for residents.

"As a Staffordshire company it is great to be able to pilot the app here before expanding it to other areas."

Staffordshire County Council’s head of highways James Bailey said: “The Roadzwork app could make a big difference to people’s day to day journeys and we’re pleased to see it piloted here in Staffordshire.

"We do all we can to inform people in advance of any of our works, but delays can also be caused by emergency utility works, incidents and public events.

"People usually check and plan if they’re going on a longer or unfamiliar journey, but tend to just head straight out on familiar routes they use most days. This app will alert people straight away, meaning they can allow extra time or use an alternative route.

“We will always look to use emerging technologies to help people understand and prepare for changes to their roads, avoid traffic congestion and delays and feel less disruption to their daily lives. Having a local business develop this app is also a bonus.”



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