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Txt warning of jam ahead; SYSTEM WILL HELP DRIVERS AVOID HOLD-UPS.

Byline: FIONA SCOTT Political Editor

DRIVERS setting off on motorway journeys in Coventry and Warwickshire could soon be sent text messages warning "Jam Ahead", allowing them to pick alternative routes.

The service could be introduced next year for individual motorists who would pay to get texts on specific routes on specific days.

Businesses will later be able to subscribe to a similar service giving regular up-to-date information about traffic on major routes used by staff.

The information will go out from the Highways Agency's new national Traffic Information Centre, which will open at junction 3 of the M5 in Birmingham next year.

An existing traffic scheme paid for by the local councils in West Midlands, Warwickshire and Leicestershire, has agreed to supply up-to-date information to the Highways Agency.

People will also be able to log on to a website to check the state of roads.

An agreement was signed by Cllr Stewart Stacey, chair of the West Midlands' transportation sub-committee, to supply information from the MATTISSE computerised system operating in the three areas.

The system will cover the M42, M40, M54, M5, M6 and the new Birmingham Northern Relief Road, Britain's first toll road, when it opens.
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Date:Feb 1, 2003
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