• The completely cloud-based solution empowers Dorset’s traffic and highways team with products tailored to deliver efficiencies for every stage of the traffic order management process.
  • Through the solution, Dorset Council can realise significant time savings in creating and amending TROs, improved collaboration with internal and external partners, and a richer, more streamlined public consultation process.
  • Dorset are using the full AppyWay Traffic Order Suite, which is comprised of Mapper, for more efficient management of static and moving orders, Engagement, an exclusive portal for collecting and analysing residents feedback, and Streets, the platform to visualise complex traffic order data.

London, UK – Wednesday 7th October 2020: AppyWay, the pioneering kerbside data and management firm has today announced that Dorset Council is the first council have transitioned to AppyWay’s innovative, end-to-end Traffic Order (TRO) Suite. The move to AppyWay’s map-based solution comes at a pivotal time for Dorset as the council looks to collaborate more effectively, better consulting with traffic teams across the county, all whilst transitioning to remote working as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

AppyWay’s end-to-end Traffic Order Suite has been an important part of Dorset’s digital transformation strategy. Mike Potter, Road Safety Team Leader for Dorset Council comments:

One of the main benefits of the suite is the flexibility and ease of restriction creation that the solution provides. The ability to process more than one at a time will free up our time to do more in terms of processing TRO’s. Our previous legacy system was cumbersome to use and simple FOI or data requests would often consume a significant amount of our time. The AppyWay Traffic Order Suite is already paying dividends for us as it will release more of our time to process TROs through the system rather than chasing our tails a bit when requests come in.

The innovative suite is comprised of four tools designed to accelerate the traffic order process. To create and amend traffic orders Dorset uses Mapper. Mapper is the next generation traffic order software that manages both static and moving traffic orders, and has been designed to make traffic order management faster, better, and more efficient. From draft to proposal, Mapper is 80% faster than other solutions to manage traffic orders.

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Weymouth as seen through Mapper

Through Engagement, councils can consult with residents on an interactive platform that encourages honest public consultation discourse on traffic order changes. To visual complex traffic order data, Dorset has been using Streets, the real-time local authority wide map of active on-street restrictions.

Last but not least is the tool that sets the AppyWay Traffic Order Suite apart from the rest. Integrations allows councils like Dorset to share traffic order data with partners to improve traffic operations. Councils can seamlessly add traffic order data to existing systems allowing third parties to make better informed decisions.

For Dorset Council, the suite helps them tackle a wide range of traffic order issues. The county, famous for its sandy beaches and Jurassic Coast, is made up of a mix of larger towns, such as Weymouth, and small villages and parishes. Each with their own traffic order needs and requirements, and often experiencing huge influxes of tourists during the summer months. With its intuitive features that enable bulk editing and cross-team collaboration, the council have been able to realise significant time savings.

Through the Streets function Dorset Council has dramatically improved collaboration with external partners, such as Dorset Police. Historically, enforcement and freedom of information requests have taken a considerable amount of time to process and deliver. Streets provides enforcement teams and the police with a self-service system, reducing the traffic order team’s time spent processing requests. The council are also poised and ready to better consult with Engagement. The portal will be accessed by the public via a link on the authority’s website and enables Dorset to capture and categorise feedback easily and efficiently via the Engagement Dashboard.

With innovation and user-experience at the heart of AppyWay’s end-to-end Traffic Order Suite, Dorset’s traffic order team did not miss a beat when Covid-19 impacted their ability to remain in the office. The cloud-hosted platform does not require additional sign-in processes, or VPN access. Mapper can be accessed whenever and wherever, providing Dorset Council with business continuity when they needed it the most.

Moving away from the text-based orders and into map-based orders will help make things much more straightforward. Through AppyWay’s map-based, cloud-hosted suite we will more easily be able to amend or change those orders to make improvements to the schemes. Excited is perhaps too strong a word to use sometimes but from a professional or traffic regulation order point of view, the Traffic Order Suite is something that we can really see will work well for us.

Mike PotterRoad Safety Team Leader for Dorset Council

We’re thrilled to have Dorset Council as our first Mapper customer in the South West and it clearly demonstrates Dorset’s forward-thinking approach to an often lengthy and outdated process. England’s kerbside faces some unique challenges, most notably Westminster’s push for more active travel via their Gear Change initiative. Dorset will be balancing these needs with those of their rural communities who will continue to need kerbside access for cars. Via Mapper, we’re making it easier for local authorities like Dorset to make changes to the kerb so they can support green policy objectives and collaborate across their county to drive change more broadly.

Dan HubertFounder & CEO of AppyWay

To find out more about the myriad of benefits that the AppyWay Traffic Order Suite is delivering for their council partners, visit: https://appyway.com/traffic/

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