You can now get up to date information on road closures and conditions with a new application – or app – for mobile phones and tablet computers.
The free Read the Signs app – search for ‘readthesigns’ – has been launched by the Department of Infrastructure and is available for both android and iPhone.
It allows users to check what information is being shown on the 10 illuminated matrix signs around the island – situated at the Villa Marina, Liverpool Arms, Bath Place, Albert Road, Hillberry-Mountain, Hillberry-Douglas, Sulby main road, Barregarrow-Mountain, Ramsey-Mountain and Barregarrow main road.
The signs are updated 24 hours a day and the information on the app is refreshed every five minutes.
Bill Corlett, highways customer services officer, explained: ‘If, for example, you are finishing work in Douglas and driving home to Ramsey, you can check what the matrix signs are saying and be able to plan your journey accordingly.’
Infrastructure Laurence Skelly MHK said: ‘This isn’t just about the TT. It will be beneficial to motorists throughout the year and is a further example of the department’s desire to make as much information as possible available to the public through automated means.’