Hello!

I’m Karolina Iwaszko, executive product manager in BBC Future Media.

Together with the Travel News Team, I am happy to announce that a new version of the BBC Travel website  is now available as a beta service.


This means it will run alongside the existing site for the next few months during the ‘beta period’ and will eventually replace it once we’ve fully tested it, added key functionality and given users a chance to give us their feedback.


The first change regular users may notice is that we’ve simplified the name from BBC Travel News to BBC Travel, but we have also completely redesigned the user experience and technical architecture of the service. This makes the site more customisable and easier to use across multiple devices.


For example, the new BBC Travel Beta has been designed to automatically fit screen sizes in a fully responsive way, optimising the site’s layout for any device you access it from, whether that’s a desktop, mobile or tablet:

The Travel beta has been designed to fit most screen sizes in a responsive way


One of the other major improvements is the ability to search for your local town, county or postcode and see the results displayed for the exact location you’re interested in. The new functionality gives users much more freedom and control over the level of detail displayed, as you can now see incidents for specific roads or areas, as opposed to the fixed regions of the existing site.

We have also replaced the static map, which could only show results for predefined areas, with an interactive map. The new map is available for devices with screen sizes above 767 pixels (desktop and tablets), allowing you to view results for any area within the UK and Channel Islands.

You can easily zoom in and out as well as pan from the results page by ‘’grabbing” the map with the cursor and moving it in the direction you want. The interactive map will automatically update the results for the location you navigate to.

If you’re using a device with a screen smaller than 767 pixels, such as a smartphone or a small tablet, you will still be able to view a full list of travel incidents but they will be displayed without the map, making it more user-friendly for on-the-go access.

The BBC Travel Beta includes the core ‘road incidents’ functionality at launch but more features will be added throughout the beta period, for example incidents for other modes of transport, like rail or underground etc. We’ll update this post as soon as new features go live so watch this space for more information, or if you start using the Travel Beta site  regularly you’ll see them appear automatically.

I hope that you like the new version of BBC Travel and find it more intuitive and easier to use. We’re keen 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.

More detail on how the BBC Travel team designed and developed the beta site will be provided in a future post.

Karolina Iwaszko is Executive Product Manager, BBC Travel

The team who worked on the new travel site

From the left (standing):Chris Rudd, Joe Fung, Tom Mould, Karolina Iwaszko, Jae Task, Amanda Dahl, Marceli Janowski, Tundi Awoyemi, James Cryer
On the screens: Iwan Roberts, Emelie Morah, Paul Rissen, Adil Hussein, Alfonso Fernandez Barandiaran and Takako Tucker

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by Karolina Iwaszko

    on 30 Aug 2013 12:36

    Hello,

    the initial set of features available at the moment will be gradually enriched with more functionalities. The Travel News team is currently working to add information on incidents from other modes of transport like rail or underground etc. For more details please watch this space and the FAQs section on the Travel Beta site (http://beta.bbc.co.uk/travelbeta/faq [Broken URL edited by Moderator]

    karolina

  • Comment number 13. Posted by Karo

    on 29 Aug 2013 22:38

    Hi Karolina,
    well done. You app's really nice and suitable.
    What r u planning in final ver.?
    rgrds
    Karo&Erwin

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  • Comment number 12. Posted by wowzers

    on 8 Aug 2013 13:28

    Hi,

    There's lots to like about this site - it is clearly better.

    however, when Im using travel sites I want to plan a route, not look at problems in an area. The problems in the area are only interesting to me if they might affect my route?

    So, personally I won't have much use for this service.

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  • Comment number 11. Posted by The Hitting Project

    on 8 Aug 2013 06:16

    Great site -- I like the use of the full screen to show off your image on the home page

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  • Comment number 10. Posted by Benjamin

    on 6 Aug 2013 23:30

    Nice responsive design that fills all screen sizes.

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  • Comment number 9. Posted by Karolina Iwaszko

    on 6 Aug 2013 10:16

    Hi lettice,
    we're working on improving the experience on touch screens including pinch to zoom, so thanks for confirming the need!

    karolina

  • Comment number 8. Posted by ThisLeeNoble

    on 5 Aug 2013 10:53

    I apologise for the off-topic post, but what's happened to all the music and radio developer api feeds? http://www.bbc.co.uk/6music/nowplaying/latest.json has gone away with no forwarding address.

    I can find no announcements about what's happened to them or if the feeds are being provided elsewhere. I had an app in development which was going to fall back to scraping the 6 music homepage if the feed went down (as it seemed to frequently) but I really don't want to rely on scraping the html pages and I'm sure you would rather I went through official methods to obtain the data.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by lettice

    on 5 Aug 2013 10:16

    Works nice on iPad and desktop so far.
    Seems very limited on the iPhone without the map, but did display the info correctly. Can the map not be displayed and the incidents pulled in as a side menu? Or one for an app?
    The map buttons on the iPad are a little tricky to control, they could be either larger or like most other map updates use pinch to control the map size
    Agree with above, why use bing maps, that's a big downer.
    Did like the way in realtime the info gets updated with change of map scroll and smoothly too.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by Karolina Iwaszko

    on 5 Aug 2013 09:54

    Hello,

    Bing is being used for the Beta as it is the provider for maps on the current page.

    karolina

  • Comment number 5. Posted by Alex

    on 3 Aug 2013 11:02

    Why did you decide to go with Bing Maps over Google Maps or Open Street Maps?

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