Hello,

I’m very happy to tell you that after 6 months of extensive work to improve many aspects of the service, the new version of the BBC Travel News product is returning again as a beta.

We’ll be iterating and gathering the feedback until the service has been fully developed and is meeting the expectations of its audience.

More information about the initial scope of the beta can be found in my earlier blog post.

BBC Travel beta on three screens

The current improvements are mainly “behind the scenes”, but guarantee reliability and the highest quality of the data, that is ever so important in a case of the BBC services.

We have also introduced a new feature of ordering the incidents by severity, distance or incident type, which will allow the users to customise the service in a way that works best for them in particular circumstances (for example “sort by severity” is the default state on desktop but we believe that on mobile “sort by proximity” will give the information in a more relevant way).

You will see more features appearing within the next months, starting with the next mode of transport, and we hope that you will find them useful and intuitive. We’d like to hear your feedback so please do share your comments with me and the team by commenting on this post, or alternatively contact us at travel.beta@bbc.co.uk.

Karolina Iwaszko is Product Manager, Travel & Navigation

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by trish

    on 4 Mar 2014 16:46

    Many sites that rely on users choosing a location then pulling in google maps such as [Unsuitable/Broken URL removed by Moderator]fail to allow scrolling within the map resulting in the user being taken against their intention to a new maps page -

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by McGraw

    on 28 Feb 2014 13:05

    This comment was removed because it broke the house rules. Explain

  • Comment number 4. Posted by tomtalk24

    on 28 Feb 2014 01:22

    'will it snow where you are?' should not be on the BBC home page! especially when the snow is on hills and frost is patchy. Nothing more than fear mongering!!!

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by Martin

    on 27 Feb 2014 23:24

    don't see the need to make this at all. RAC and the AA do this service. So do the highway agency and Googles maps. Plus most sat nav's have the ability. Waste of time unless its going to be a full routing system. A 2 B with real time traffic updates on my phone/device..

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by GrumpyDad

    on 27 Feb 2014 21:58

    Can only concur with @1

    Surely you need to retain a "search by road" facility, otherwise nigh-on useless for a long journey...

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by Robinho02

    on 27 Feb 2014 19:40

    I don't want to sound harsh if a lot of work has gone in to this, but I don't think it's very good at all.

    So I come on to the homepage and it says 'check a location'. Well if I'm about to go on a journey from say Liverpool to Swansea, as a random example, what location should I pick? The nature of travel means you're not in the same place for long - so just checking one location is stupid.

    What I want is to check what incidents I have on my journey, not just in a specific local area. That's no good to anyone.

    I go in after it's found my location and I'm presented with a big list of 'incidents' (57 in rural Wiltshire on a quiet Thursday evening). Only these 'incidents' are in places where I never go and have no intention of going. Most of these incidents aren't really incidents at all, just a temporary traffic light or 'flooding' (puddles). Having to filter through all these incidents to find anything relevant is one enormous headache. I also note that most of these temporary traffic lights etc are labelled as 'accidents'. 38 accidents in my area right now. Am I really meant to go through all of that to find something relevant?! Then if I'm driving somewhere outside of this location, I'll have to search through a new location and go through yet more 'incidents'.

    Basically until you can tell me the traffic info for my particular journey, rather than just around my general location, it is really pointless. I'll stick with my current methods - Google Maps, twitter and the radio.

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