Thursday, May 14, 2020

New Information Service Available to Help Those Last Mile Road Haulage Drivers

Motorway Service Network Status Now On Line
Shipping News Feature

UK – Suddenly the logistics profession has found itself in the spotlight as the public at large begin to recognise the importance of an industry that supplies them with all their material daily needs, and now the road haulage drivers responsible for all those vital last mile deliveries, some far from their normal routes, can spot at a glance where they can find the key support all on the road need, the nearest service station.

The Traffic England website has had an update from Thales and WSP’s joint venture, Network Information Services (NIS) working on behalf of Highways England creating an online hub, which shares a daily overview of the service station network in England.

The hub, which can be found here, gives a colour-coded, at-a-glance status update of 118 motorway services with the latest advice, such as the provision of fuel, drinks, takeaway food, toilets and parking. It is compiled by Highways England and uploaded to the Traffic England site daily by NIS. 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.”

The object of the new service is to ensure smoother journeys for those carrying vital supplies across the country in what is the most difficult time to keep things retaining a semblance of normality. 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.”