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26.10.12

Network Rail to publicise roadworks information

Network Rail is to make future roadworks plans more readily available to the public, by feeding information to an interactive website.

The website operates by utilising Google Maps to display areas of future roadworks within England and Wales. While the site currently features imminent roadworks stemming from other utilities, such as water and electricity companies, Network Rail is the first company to feed information directly to website provider Elgin; allowing complete coverage of imminent road works due to rail maintenance or improvement projects.

Mike Farrow, head of transparency at Network Rail, said: “Every day Network Rail is doing work to maintain and improve Britain’s rail network. Sometimes this work can cause road disruption. With the release of this information to roadworks.org residents and businesses will have early warning of how our plans could affect their plans.

“The information will also be valuable to those who work in traffic management and other utility companies, so everybody is better able to co-ordinate potentially disruptive road works.”

Shane O’Neill, chairman of Elgin, said: “Our mission is to open up data from organisations delivering a public service – whether public or private sector – and deliver that data in a way that is useful to people. Adding Network Rail to our interactive maps will further inform and empower the public.”

The move is part of Network Rail’s initiative to increase information provided to their customers and the public, including train running data feeds and level crossing information.

The website is at: roadworks.org

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