This policy sits within a broader promise in the manifesto to “create a new presumption of digital government services by default“. As part of that process, this policy promises to make more information available online. Although it refers to “public services” in general, the policy makes specific mention of information about “roadworks, planning applications and bus routes”. We’re focusing on those areas to arrive at our verdict.
From July to September 2019, the government held a consultation on the implementation of a new “Street Manager” digital service. The service will update the existing system (ETON) used for sharing information about roadworks. One of its key aims is to deliver:
“Open, accurate and up-to-date data on live and planned works made available for use…in journey planning apps, satnavs, etc.”
It is already possible to search the register of planning decisions via the government’s website. Currently, that search function simply directs users to the planning section at relevant local authorities. We found no enhancement of functionality under the current government.
From July to September 2018, the government held a consultation on ways to improve information for bus passengers. In its response to that consultation, the government outlines steps under consideration to improve online information regarding bus services. There’s also a website, in beta mode, which enables the search of registered local bus routes.
With consultations and planning afoot regarding providing more online information about roadworks and bus routes, we’re marking this as ‘in progress’. We’ll keep tracking to see which schemes are implemented, and whether anything develops around planning applications. Follow this policy for updates.
Get “far more information”!
- Street and road works: Street Manager and updates to permit schemes – Gov.uk
- Bus Services Act 2017: Bus Open Data – Consultation Response – Gov.uk
- Get traffic information to plan your journey – Gov.uk
- Traffic England – Traffic England
- Planning permission – Gov.uk
- Find registered local bus services – Gov.uk