Bucks mo­torists face 31-sec­ond de­lay for ev­ery mile trav­elled

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - RALPH BLACK­BURn Data Re­porter


In 2015, de­lays in Eng­land were on av­er­age more than two sec­onds shorter.

All of this im­pacts speeds on A-roads, where Eng­land’s av­er­age is 25mph, de­spite speed lim­its rang­ing be­tween 30mph to 70mph on any­thing from small ur­ban roads to dual car­riage­ways.

In 2017, mo­torists in Buck­ing­hamshire drove at 30mph on av­er­age.

This was the same av­er­age speed as the pre­vi­ous year.

The DfT re­cently an­nounced it was in­vest­ing up to £10 mil­lion in Street Man­ager, a pro­gramme which will pass on up-to­date in­for­ma­tion about road­works to sat-navs and nav­i­ga­tion apps.

It will al­low lo­cal au- thor­i­ties and util­ity com­pa­nies to quickly no­tify users on road clo­sures or de­lays, by up­dat­ing Google Maps or Ci­tymap­per in real time.

Roads min­is­ter Jesse Nor­man said: “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.”

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