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The Highways Agency has launched a service to provide traffic information from its website to mobile phones and other portable devices

It has highlighted the service in advance of the Easter holiday, claiming it will make it easier for people to plan their journeys.

The service presents the information in a simple text based format designed for smaller screens and to deliver faster download speeds. It includes latest incident reports searchable by region and motorway.

Denise Plumpton, Highways Agency director of information, said: "Our publicity and frequent messages on the site itself make it absolutely clear you should never use a mobile phone while driving, but we also encourage drivers to take frequent breaks and that is an ideal time to check the road ahead.

"This is the latest addition to a suite of service to provide road users with the information they need to make informed choices about their journey."

The agency has also upgraded its website to provide for increased demand on its services at peak holiday times such as Easter.

The Highways Agency website can be found here.

This article was originally published at Kablenet.

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