24-hour traffic station launched

A radio station allowing UK motorists to check on potential traffic delays throughout the day or night has been launched.

The Highways Agency's updated digital radio station, Traffic Radio, will broadcast live, 24 hours a day from the agency's National Traffic Control Centre in Birmingham.

The organisation initially trialled Traffic Radio through the internet and via a number of short-term licences around major events.

The service now provides non-stop information updates, national headlines and regional traffic news linked into the part of the country where people are listening.

The agency's director of information, Denise Plumpton, said: "I'm delighted to be able to launch a new version of Traffic Radio.

"Traffic Radio provides helpful information to enable people to make choices about their journey, whether they're driving for work, visiting relatives or going on holiday. The radio format allows people to check traffic conditions easily before they leave the house or office.

"Those with DAB radios in their cars can also make informed decisions about alternative routes, should conditions change when they are en route. People with mobile internet access can check the latest conditions when they take a break from their journeys."

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