Travel beta: a new version of the BBC travel and traffic website

Thursday 1 August 2013, 15:02

Karolina Iwaszko Karolina Iwaszko Executive Product Manager

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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:

travelmockup.jpg 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

travel-news-team.jpg 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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