UK Highways England driver information hub launched

A new service station information system for UK hauliers has been launched by Highways England. This is to ensure smoother journeys for drivers during the latest stage of the UK’s lockdown.

The Thales and WSP joint venture, Network Information Services has been updated to show the current availability of service stations in England to keep people informed during their essential journeys.

The Highways England online hub shares a daily overview gives a colour-coded, at-a-glance update of 118 motorway service stations with the latest advice including the provision of fuel, drinks, takeaway food, toilets and parking.

Mark Garrity, Strategy Director at Thales commented: “We’re pleased to be able to put our technology to use to support people relying on the UK road network to keep the country moving. In a constantly changing environment, it’s vital that people making essential journeys are kept up to date. We’re proud to be able to support the UK’s supply chain during this crucial time and are grateful to our partners and colleagues for their support in making this possible.”

Ian Patey, Head of Profession, ITS, at WSP, and Director of NIS Ltd added: “This project is a great example of the NIS and Highways England teams working together to help the freight industry move vital supplies around the country and meet the growing demands brought about by COVID-19. Acting so quickly to make these changes at a time when they are dealing with lockdown restrictions and their own concerns about the health and wellbeing of their families, friends and themselves is a tremendous tribute to everyone involved from NIS and Highways England.”