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New gadget will help motorists navigate Bracknell Forest more quickly

Published: 2 Apr 2014 17:301 comment

A NEW piece of technology should help drivers learn about problems on Bracknell’s roads faster.

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Highway co-ordinators at the borough council can now update motorists about problems on roads as soon as they have been identified.

Using some of the latest mobile technology, staff are able to plot problems on the roads such as flooding, trees down or emergency roadworks at the touch of a button.

By using a mobile phone or tablet, staff can publish emergency road closures and diversion routes online from the side of the road as well providing in-depth details on any planned street works from the office.

Once recorded on the Elgin system, road closures and diversions can be viewed by anyone on mobile phones or computers by visiting the council’s website, allowing residents to better plan their journey before they set off.

The data is also instantly made available to sat nav manufacturers and travel news broadcasters.

Severe disruption will also be tweeted from the council’s twitter account

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Cllr Chris Turrell, Bracknell Forest Council’s executive member for planning and transport, said: “Nobody enjoys getting stuck in traffic which is why being able to instantly tell drivers of emergency road closures is such a powerful tool, sitting in traffic costs the UK economy billions every year so every step we can take to keep people moving will not only boost our economy but help drivers get where they need to be.”

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