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RoadWatch website goes live on March 12th 8 March 2007

A website offering road users a one-stop information centre on roadworks and road closures affecting Manx roads goes live next week.

The RoadWatch website ( is accessible via the Isle of Man Government homepage and will be updated by the Department of Transport, utilities such as the Manx Telecom and Manx Gas, and the Emergency Services.

At present, motorists are informed of planned temporary road closure orders (issued by the Highways Division) via the media, while emergency closures, such as for work on service lines, fallen trees and damage to roads, are passed on to the media as and when they happen.

However, it was identified that a single information point where all closures and roadworks could be displayed would benefit road users. The RoadWatch website is straightforward and easy to use and will be updated as and when closures and roadworks (both planned and emergency) are announced.

Director of Highways Bruce Hannay said:

‘This is a real partnership between the public and private sectors.
‘If you do not listen to the radio during the day, the chances are you will not be aware of any emergency road closures. With this website, a quick glance online before you leave home or work will tell you if there is likely to be any delays on the route you wish to take.’

Another advantage of having all the information on one website is that RSS feeds are available. These provide updates to your computer whenever the website is updated, which means you don’t have to visit the site to check the latest developments on Manx roads.

A link on the Government homepage provides information about how to download an RSS news reader. Comments and enquiries about the RoadWatch website can be made via

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