Roadzwork | New app launched to help road users avoid the ‘pain’ of roadworks
A new smart phone app that alerts road users to roadworks and delays on their regular (daily/weekly) routes has been launched.
Roadzwork is an innovative, new, nationwide mobile application that will enable road users to avoid the frustration of roadworks.
The Roadzwork app has been successfully trialed by Staffordshire County Council and has now been extended nationwide. It has been designed to help road users avoid the pain associated with roadworks and other incidents on their local, regular routes by informing them of their presence before they set out.
People travelling on familiar journeys – e.g. to work or on a school run – often only find out about works, incidents or public events, which may cause delays when they reach the location. When using the Roadzwork app, users just need to add their routes, along with the days and times they usually travel and the app does the rest. The app informs users of possible delays on or close to their routes, the expected severity and also provides detailed information on the works and the option to get directions to avoid the area.
The Roadzwork app ensures that the road users only receive information that is applicable to their route, on the days and times they state, saving them the need to search for it themselves. They can share the delay with friends to ensure that they can avoid it also.
The app is available now on the App Store for iOS (by searching for ‘roadzwork’) and is being developed for both Android and Windows operating systems.
James Manning, Beepz LLP CEO, said:
“Everyone knows how frustrating it can be to get stuck in roadworks – especially when you need to get somewhere on time. We have developed a solution, which makes people’s daily journeys easier, whilst also providing information on the reason for the works. After a successful trial of the app in Staffordshire we are now extending it nationwide to assist road users all over the country. We do the roadworks, so you don’t have to”.
Helen Fisher, Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said:
”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.
“The Roadzwork app alerts 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 and so we were pleased to be selected as the area to pilot the application.”
Roadzwork has been developed by Beepz LLP as a result of a pilot project funded by Innovate UK, which is part of the Government Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.