04 December 2023

Driving efficiency: Introducing Automatic Diversion Routes

As we bid farewell to 2023, we're thrilled to introduce the latest addition to our Traffic Management module: Automatic Diversion Routes (ADR). This intelligent diversion engine is set to transform closure and diversion planning, making it faster, more efficient and more intuitive than ever before.

Imagine this: You're planning a road closure, and instantly, you're presented with a list of optimal diversion routes. But that's not all. ADR factors in everything from road class and planned roadworks, to schools, bridges, weight restrictions and more. It highlights all potential Diversion Risks that could impact your choice, ensuring you can make smart, informed planning decisions. 

ADR has been through rigorous beta-testing, and now we're excited to roll it out for all our Traffic Management customers at no extra cost. The feedback from our early adopters has been overwhelmingly positive.

For instance, Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) has been using ADR throughout 2023. As the third largest highway authority in England, LCC plotted a whopping 2300 diversions on one.network in 2022/2023 and expect to create over 2500 in 2024. By using ADR, the Street Works team have reduced planning time from 4.5 minutes to just 2.5 minutes per diversion, resulting in an annual saving of 13 working days per year and a 45% reduction in staff time.

Ashley Behan, Street Works and Permitting Manager at LCC, praised ADR for its speed and accuracy, especially when processing emergency permit applications from utilities:

"Having used ADR over an extended period, we now have utmost confidence in its accuracy and we opt for the top suggested diversion route 90% of the time."

A large utility company also took part in our beta testing phase, using ADR to create emergency diversion plans and has reported impressive results. Previously our utility beta tester's emergency closure planning process took up to four days. By the time plans were created and submitted to the highway authority, workers would usually already be on site. Now, with ADR, the utility can now create emergency diversion plans digitally and often in less than 5 minutes. This swift process ensures that accurate plans reach the highway authority promptly and minimises delays in approval and street works commencement dates. 

They told us:

"ADR has significantly boosted our efficiency: 95% of the diversions we are submit are now accepted first time."

For further details about ADR and additional beta-testing insights, read the full release notes or watch our ADR training video here