Providing accurate traffic information to the motorists is one of the functions of the Highways Agency, this it does very well, to know what the traffic is like in any given area you can click on their map or link to check traffic information this is given in real time which means that it is the current position when you access it.

This information covers delays,current incidents,roadworks and electronic signs there is also information on future roadworks and events that can cause traffic disruption you can zoom in on the road maps and get a localised view, on the home page there is an update to main traffic problems scrolled across the top of the page

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All traffic information is supplied FREE of charge via The Highways Agency

Introduction
How does Traffic England help?
How is traffic information displayed on the website?
How is traffic information presented on the phone service?
Traffic England explained.


• How does Traffic England help?
Have you wasted hours sat in traffic jams?
Have you missed that important meeting?
Have you kept your loved one waiting?
Ever wished you knew where the delays were before you started your journey?

Then…
…plan your journey around the traffic!

With Traffic England you have access to the latest traffic information on motorways and A-roads in England, allowing you to avoid delays on your journey by perhaps taking an alternative route, changing the time of your departure, or even the mode of travel.

It could help you with the regular commute, a business journey, an occasional outing or even the holiday trip.

Businesses, too, can benefit from the information for informing logistics operations, route and journey planning.

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• How is traffic information displayed on the website?
The website uses an interactive map to display traffic conditions and event information. Icons on the map indicate the location of incidents, roadworks, other events and roadside messages. By selecting from the options below "Current Conditions" on the left-hand side of the page, you can choose what events you want to see. You can also opt to have future events displayed, by checking the box below "Future Conditions". Any event which is set to cause delays of more than 10 minutes will be displayed.

By hovering over an icon you will get a detailed description of the event and its location, the expected duration and the current delay.

The constantly updated, real-time traffic conditions are presented as colour coded sections. The colour corresponds to the degree of delay compared to free-flow conditions, indicating the level of congestion:
+) green/blue for free-flow or slight delays of less than 15 minutes
+) yellow for moderate delays, hold-ups between 15 and 30 minutes and
+) purple for severe delays, hold-ups of over 30 minutes
+) shaded blue/green for occasions when no congestion data is available.

You can click on the map to zoom in for more detail or zoom out to view a larger area. Using the arrows at the edges you can move map view north, south, east or west.

The live traffic information found on the website is also available on the Traffic England telephone service: 08700 660 115 (BT landline calls cost no more than 8p/min; calls from mobiles usually cost more).

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• How is traffic information presented on the phone service?

The live traffic information found on the website is also available on the Traffic England telephone service: 08700 660 115*

The phone service works either by using the telephone keypad or voice commands. You can select information by road number or region of England. You can also ask about future events.

Any event which is set to cause delays of more than 10 minutes will be listed, with accidents, incidents and such provided ahead of roadworks. Events are reported in order of travel in one direction and then the other direction.

The constantly updated, real-time traffic conditions are presented as either:
+) slight delays, hold-ups between 10 and 15 minutes
+) moderate delays, hold-ups between 16 and 30 minutes and
+) severe delays, hold-ups of more than 30 minutes

Help is available by pressing "9" on the keypad or saying "Help" at any time.

*) BT landline calls cost no more than 8p/min; calls from mobiles usually cost more.

Do not use a mobile phone whilst driving.

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• Traffic England explained.
The Traffic England website and phone service aim to provide travellers with high quality information on motorways and major A-roads in England.

The Highways Agency's National Traffic Control Centre combines data collected from the road-side with information from other partners. The interactive map and the telephone service provide access to this information.

The motorway and major A-road network in England has been fitted with thousands of roadside sensors, collecting large amounts of data, such as the flow of traffic, its speed, the number of vehicles, journey times and much more. With this data, delays and impacts on the road network can be calculated.

This real-time traffic data is augmented by adding current incidents, road works and other events through liaison with police, Highways Agency Traffic Officers, other road authorities, event organisers and many, many others with whom the Highways Agency's National Traffic Control Centre collaborates closely.

Together this information adds up to a comprehensive real-time traffic information service across England.

So with this information you can be ahead of the traffic!

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