Online drive to beat roadworks

The roadworks interactive map
The roadworks interactive map

FRUSTRATED drivers tired of getting caught up in road works in the borough can now go online to find out how to avoid them.

Transport chiefs have launched a new website showing the location of the 100,000 roadworks that take place on the region’s streets each year.

They have also launched a permit system that can see applications to carry out roadworks rejected if they are too disruptive.

Utility firms can be fined if roadworks overrun or they do not meet set conditions under the scheme which has been launched by Transport for Greater Manchester in partnership with the region’s ten councils.

There are more than 5,600 miles of road in Greater Manchester. The aim is to cut congestion and speed up journey times.

David Hytch, TfGM’s information and systems director, said: “This new website brings together, for the first time, up-to-date information about roadworks right across Greater Manchester.

“We hope it will make it much easier for people to get a clear picture of how their journey might be affected, regardless of local geographical boundaries.”

The permit scheme is the first to cover more than one local council area.

The website means ‘real time’ information about roadworks is now available at the click of a mouse.

All roadworks across the region are now being administered by a central unit at Transport for Greater Manchester. Any company wanting to carry them out has to apply for a permit in advance. Motorists and homeowners who want to find out about roadworks in there area can visit the new website gmroadworks.org.

The site holds information on the expected impact of roadworks on traffic, how long works are expected to last, and contact details for the companies carrying them out.

It shows that roadworks are currently taking place and planned for 28 locations within Manchester’s inner ring road. Four of them are classed as high impact and two are classed as medium impact.

The remainder are low impact roadworks.

Mr Hytch said: “Through our joint permit scheme with the local councils, we now have much greater control over what happens on our roads, when it happens and for how long.

“We hope to see improved journey times and better reliability for all road users as a result.”