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Mobile journey planner launched for Scottish trunk roads

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Journey planning being made easier for Scotland’s road users with the launch of a new Traffic Scotland mobile website. The site uses the latest technology and is available on all mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.

It is map based so that users can see where traffic hotspots are on the trunk road network before they set off on their journeys and make informed choices about the best route to take.

Details of planned road works are also available and access to Traffic Scotland Radio is enhanced, meaning that traffic bulletins are available online, on demand.

Transport Scotland worked collaboratively with its partners including ITS (UK) member IBI Group and Google Maps to develop the site.

Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “The way that we communicate is continually evolving and it is really important that people know what is happening on our roads so they can get to where they need to be. The new Traffic Scotland mobile site hugely improves the information that is available to help plan journeys and we want to see as many people as possible making use of it.

“The site is easier to use than before on mobile phones or tablets and it is more responsive to people’s needs as they can easily zoom in on the map to access the information about their preferred route. If there is an incident on the road, the information about diversions will be easily available.”

IBI Group director Graeme Scott said: “IBI Group, with our partner Cubic, is delighted to have worked with Transport Scotland to deliver this new solution. It is building on our international experience and ensures best practice for the Traffic Scotland service, enhancing it for its users.”

Head of Google Maps (UK and Ireland) Marko Pignataro added: “Google sees this new site as a significant and innovative development for mobile users looking to plan their journey.”