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Monday, 21 October, 2002, 15:19 GMT 16:19 UK
Avoiding traffic jams online
Traffic updates are now available on the internet
Traffic updates are now available on the internet
Motorists trying to avoid traffic jams around Belfast can now check their route online before they leave the office.

Traffic updates are now available on the internet in a new scheme launched by the Roads Service.

Roads Service has set up the pilot project using information already available from some of the 40 traffic cameras around the city centre.

It is sending emails to some major employers in Belfast updating them on road conditions, traffic flows and importantly, traffic snarl-ups.


A small number of companies have been invited to take part in the initial trial of the project, and it is hoped to expand to a larger number of employers in the future

Angela Smith
NIO minister

It is hoped businesses that rely on driving into and around the city centre will be able to avoid the worst of the jams.

Employees will also be able to check their route home in the evenings and avoid heading off into traffic chaos.

'Road safety'

Some of the information is also going onto a special website that motorists can access before leaving home, including live access to traffic cameras.

Northern Ireland Office Minister Angela Smith said it was evidence that the Roads Service was "at the forefront in both the UK and across Europe in the application of intelligent transport systems for traffic control and the provision of traffic information".

"These new developments will further enhance the existing service of providing traffic information to the public, and will also assist in improving road safety," she said.

Angela Smith:
Angela Smith: "Further enhance the existing service"

"The pilot project, set up by Roads Service with assistance from Belfast City Centre Management, is an exciting innovation which involves employers in Belfast receiving emailed information from the Traffic Information and Control Centre on major abnormal disruption to traffic flows.

"A small number of companies have been invited to take part in the initial trial of the project, and it is hoped to expand to a larger number of employers in the future."

The new minister, who has been given responsibility for the Department of Regional Development, said 1.5m of work to improve safety on the M1 and M2 was now complete.

"These facilities will provide lane control signals and advisory speeds, and will also assist in improving road safety by displaying information on traffic conditions ahead," she said.

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BBC NI's Mike McKimm:
"Some of the information is also going onto a special website"
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