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Compare van quotes from leading insurers was launched back in 2003 as a way for the local authorities to make upcoming road works information publicly available to motorists, thus helping them to better arrange and adapt future journeys based on the information given.

The website was released to comply with the upcoming Traffic Management Act (2004). This act was an initiative to help tackle congestion and disruption on the road network.

This legislation placed responsibilities on the local traffic authorities to make sure that traffic could move quickly and freely, both on their roads and those of nearby authorities.

Towards the end of 2014 the website was relaunched and can now access data supplied by several authorities; Google, the Highways Agency, regional traffic authorities in London and Manchester plus 169 of the 175 highway authorities in England – thus helping the site to become a national integrated traffic information hub.

The new redesign has given the website a more mobile-friendly user interface and presents live data on traffic, congestion, diversions, traffic incidents and public events in an easy to digest manner – all of this is available for free at