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Very dissappointing experience with this site. I do roughly 50K miles per year on the road networks and have tried several ways to ensure a clear and trouble free journey. This site was reccomened by a friend and I tried it last night. An incident that happend at 16:30 was showing as a 15 minute delay on the site when I looked at 17:30, I went with it and it turned out to be an hour and 15 mins. The site did not update to reality until 17:45. I won't be using them again, the network or feed into their systems is not quick enough. It may be ok for standard traffic info regarding number of cars, but you know that already when you set out on a journey, what you need to know is the extraordinary in real time and they just don't have it.....
This is a website that was recommended to me by a colleague who has to use the M25 to get to/from work. It's a free service that gives you live traffic news and information.
It specialises in giving traffic reports for UK motorway system. It uses data that comes from automatic sensors placed at various points around the motorway to monitor vehicle speeds. This means that it can provide accurate and up-to-date reports which are usually faster than the reports that you would hear on the radio.
As well as providing average speeds for many of the junctions (which are updated every 3 minutes), it also gives other data if available such as speed limits, traffic incidents, information given on electronic displays, road work information and any hazardous weather conditions.
On the home page, there are different options to find out the information you want.
You get a choice to select by city, motorway or a-road that you want to travel on and the direction (e.g. North/South or clockwise/anti-clockwise), you then click Get Report for latest live updates and traffic information.
There is a map which allows you to focus on the area that you are going to travel and little red flags show any problems. Click on the flag and it gives you further details.
On the left of the map is a list of the current delays, by road. Click on this and you get a detailed report of the travel for that road.
At the bottom of the home page are the more popular roads (e.g. M20 East and West bound) for a quick click to bring up the map together with the current speeds at each junction and the average speed for the day on the road. Current roadworks are listed with the delays expected. It also shows planned future roadworks.
The website states that much of the information given on the site is also available using Frixo's WAP service, so that you can find out where traffic jams may be and try to avoid them just by using your mobile phone (but please bear in mind it is not legal to use your phone while driving the car!). I can't confirm this as I have not tried, but I have no reason to not believe it.
It is not a route planner, though, so does not suggest alternative routes. Also, you need to know the road you are travelling on as it identifies delays by the junction numbers, it does not use place names.
On the whole, I think Frixo is a very useful site and will look at it if I am about to go out on a journey using the motorways or A roads.