02 October 2014

Network Rail use new Communications Management tool

An updated App now allows residents and businesses to track the progress of roadworks across the country and better plan their journey, including upgrades being carried out by Network Rail.

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This is thanks to a renewed contract being announced this month between Elgin, the developers of roadworks.org and Network Rail, which is now providing Elgin with details of its maintenance and improvement work to help enhance the App.

The information provided by Network Rail means it can update motorists with rail-related upgrades affecting roads, such as; level crossing upgrades, closures and replacements, bridge and tunnel repairs, and the upkeep of viaducts and flyovers. Not only does this mean Network Rail can provide up-to-date information about its work to the public, it also makes it easier to coordinate and plan work with utility companies and local authorities, keeping any disruption to a minimum.

The App utilises data from a number of partners including; the Highways Agency, Transport for London, Transport Scotland, Traffic Wales, National Grid Gas, Google and a number of local highways authorities to create an interactive, real-time map detailing current and future roadworks across the country.

Network Rail’s transparency manager, Kirsty Ivanoski-Nichol, said:

“Over the next five years, Network Rail will be investing £38bn to build a bigger, better railway for Britain. Our work will sometimes affect road as well as rail users, so it’s important that people can find out what we’re doing and if they’ll be affected, quickly and easily. We’re committed to improving the information we provide about our upgrade work and roadworks.org is one way we’re doing that.”

Shane O’Neill, Chairman of Elgin commented:

"Network Rail has shown real leadership and commitment to the transparency agenda in adopting Elgin's work communications platform and ensuring that information is communicated to the public in real-time and via all media. Enabling the public to self-serve information across all available media is both an economic and social benefit."

 

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News story taken from a Network Rail press release 1 October 2014.  For more information on roadworks.org contact us on info@elgin.org.uk or 0207 127 6955