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New app to aid those traveling across UK

As the UK experiences snow flurries and icy conditions, wih various modes of transportation (notably the Euro Tunnel) undergoing severe delays and difficulties, the launch of a new travel information service is timely.

Directgov, the UK’s official website, has just gone live with a travel news iPhone app that gives provides the latest information on the roads and public transport across the UK. The free app displays live travel and transport news by region from Transport Direct, on a dynamic map.

Car drivers can access real-time information on traffic congestion, accidents, and roadworks nationwide. While for those using public transport, the travel news app offers the latest information on delays and incidents for the whole of the UK.

For travellers without iPhones, news is already available on any internet-enabled cell phone across all networks. Travelers can send an SMS saying 'TRAVEL' to 83377 to receive a link to the service. Directgov is also developing a version of the app for cell phones that run on Google's Android operating system.

Directgov’s CEO, Jayne Nickalls, said: "This is a first for Directgov and we are exploring and developing more innovative tools to help people access essential information easily and quickly. Directgov has a wide range of helpful tools and resources to help people avoid stresses and strains during the Christmas and New Year holidays."
 

December 22, 2009

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