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£3M digital road map to boost highways maintenance

The Department for Transport (DfT) is investing £3M in a project to create a digital road map that aims to improve highways maintenance and other services.

The new map, developed by Ordnance Survey, will provide detailed information such as road widths, traffic calming measures and height and weight restrictions.

The data could also be linked to other information held by the government, including planned road works and cycle paths, said the DfT.

The new digital road map will be added to the public sector mapping agreement allowing all areas of the public sector to access the data. An entry-level open data version of the road map will also be made available with a full commercial product appearing in the future.

Ordnance Survey, working with street data organisation GeoPlace, plans to make the product available to the DfT and public sector before the end of March 2015.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said: “This mapping project has the potential to substantially improve how we look after our roads. It will help make journeys more efficient and ensure traffic keeps moving.”

Ordnance Survey acting chief executive Neil Ackroyd said: “The new product will consist of the high quality data submitted by local authorities through the national street gazetteer combined with Ordnance Survey’s widely-used authoritative and fully maintained geographic roads data, creating a definitive highways network for England and Wales.

“Local and national government currently use a variety of maps when planning road projects and maintenance. The new mapping system will bring all existing information together, cutting bureaucracy and saving money spent by councils and government on exchanging and comparing different maps.”

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