Profile: traffic reporter

Lynn Bowles is the traffic reporter who features with Chris Evans and Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2. The traffic reporter’s job is to corroborate and check the accuracy of these reports before writing them into a bulletin which they read on air.

Traffic reporters normally work on their own, using traffic websites such as the Highways Agency, Traffic England and live cameras on the BBC site to build up a list of travel hotspots. They also rely heavily on information from listeners who call in with updates on accidents or delays. The traffic reporter’s job is to corroborate and check the accuracy of these reports before writing them into a bulletin which they read on air.

"Listeners are on the spot, they know what is happening and that helps us to be accurate." – Lynn Bowles

One of the most important parts of the job is breaking down complicated travel news into understandable chunks for listeners on the move.

But it’s not all traffic. Lynn also plays a key role in the entertainment aspect of the shows, interacting on-air with Chris and Ken. Yet one factor remains constant: with millions of people relying on her updates, it’s essential to get that travel information right.