Airport offers real-time traffic infoPassengers can avoid motorway snarl ups

08 October 2007

Travellers landing at Gatwick airport can get real-time information on their onward road journey from today.

Four digital screens are situated at the two parking pay stations, and the valet parking and car hire areas.

The aim of the Highways Agency and BAA Gatwick initiative is to provide road users with up to the minute information about the state of the roads, including the nearby M23 and M25, so they can plan their journey and avoid potential delays.

Traffic control

Travel information is supplied directly by the Highways Agency website, live cameras and the National Traffic Control Centre in Birmingham.

Which? Car editor Richard Headland said: ‘We welcome this scheme and would like to see more motorway signs to give drivers real-time information. Nothing is more frustrating than being stuck on the motorway and seeing a sign saying ‘queue’ with no estimate of how long the delay is likely to last.’

Highways Agency Area Performance Manager Simon Duke said: ‘The information points will enable travellers arriving at the airport to plan their onward journey from Gatwick and will ultimately help to provide safer roads and more reliable journeys.

Travel radio

Drivers can also get information from the Highways Agency’s new Traffic Radio service, available on DAB digital radio and the internet at www.trafficradio.org.uk.

Or by phone from the Highways Agency 24-hour voice activated phone service on 08700 660 115.