Better travel information for commuters this winter
Thursday, 03 November 2011 15:31
Commuters will have better access to reliable travel information this winter than ever before said Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East today.
Keith Brown MSP and Minister for Housing and Transport unveiled a package of measures to ensure motorists, as well as those using public transport, have accurate, up-to-date information to allow them to plan and amend their journeys in the event of severe weather.
Transport Scotland's web based travel dashboard gives users one-stop shop access to real time travel information from a number of service providers including road, rail and weather updates.
Meanwhile, the new 24/7 Traffic Scotland internet radio service will broadcast travel bulletins to listeners about conditions on the motorway and trunk roads.
Angus MacDonald MSP for Falkirk East said:
"Following last years severe wintry weather, the Scottish Government has worked with agencies across the public, private and voluntary sectors to improve resilience for the people who live and work in Scotland.
"Efforts have included enhancing the information available for people on the move and the travel tools we see launched today are prime examples of this work. Drivers must play their part too, advance planning is essential for really bad weather conditions when journeys can take longer than expected.
"We would urge everyone to familiarise themselves with the three levels of police travel warnings - avoid travel; high risk of disruption and travel with caution. While we can hope for a mild winter, but must prepare for the worst. There are small, low cost sensible actions everyone can take meaning they are more resilient at home, in their car, in their neighbourhoods and in conducting their business."
The new internet radio service will broadcast travel bulletins three times an hour during peak times and twice an hour during off peak.
During events such as extreme weather, there will be more frequent broadcasts. More reliable, accessible information is one of the key service improvements being introduced by Transport Scotland this year as part of its 15 million pound winter service,
The dashboard is at http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/winter/travel-dashboard and the Traffic Scotland radio service via both the main Traffic Scotland website www.trafficscotland.org and on and the mobile version on http://m.trafficscotland.org/Further journey planning information is also available on Traffic Scotland desktop and mobile website, via the joint Travelline Scotland/Transport Scotland travel app and Twitter.
Information how individuals and businesses can plan ahead for winter is available at www.readyscotland.org