Anyone planning a journey in Somerset can now find all the information they need to avoid unnecessary delays in one place – www.travelsomerset.co.uk.
The new mobile-friendly website, launched today by Somerset County Council, offers live updates of unplanned travel incidents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It also has a searchable map showing details of all current and future planned roadworks and road closures in Somerset.
The new website is complemented by the @TravelSomerset Twitter account which provides live updates directly from the County Council’s traffic control team. If you spot a problem which they’re not aware of, you can tweet them directly so they can help share this with the travelling public.
Cllr David Fothergill, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “None of us want to waste our time stuck in traffic jams, so our goal was to provide a better, more reliable way for drivers to find out what’s going on out there.
“If you know in advance about planned roadworks, and are aware of any live incidents, you can make informed choices about how and when to travel, and which routes to take and which routes to avoid.
“I’m really excited about Travel Somerset and think it is going to be incredibly useful for anyone who regularly uses our roads.
“It’s also interactive, so you can get in touch with us through Twitter to give us live updates, which we can then share with the public. Hopefully this two-way flow of information will improve over time as more and more people join in, so please get involved and help us to help you.”
The new website also has information on buses and public transport, live departure boards for all Somerset’s train stations, flight details for local airports, and sections on walking and cycling. This will continue to be developed and improved in future.
When you first log on to the website, depending on your browser, you can choose to have live alerts about severe traffic incidents sent directly to your phone or device. The roadworks page also has a function allowing you to sign up for email alerts about planned roadworks and road closures on routes of your choice.
The Travel Somerset website can be found at www.travelsomerset.co.uk while the Twitter account is @TravelSomerset.