Roadworks information is getting smarter thanks to new technology pioneered in the North West.

Utility supply company Amey has teamed up with one of its biggest customers, United Utilities, to launch a mobile phone app for emergency water and sewer roadworks.

Amey’s innovation manager Adam Stephenson said the utility industry up and down the UK had long struggled with the issue of making sure all roadworks were signed, lit and barriered correctly.

“We have experts who go out and check sites but with 100,000 excavations a year on our United Utilities contract alone there is no way they could visit them all.

“It sounds straightforward, but every street and site is unique and interpreting the raft of rules and regulations can sometimes be difficult for street teams who can be managing a number of different jobs at once. United Utilities is one of our biggest clients and they wanted us to think differently about how to make improvements.

“The result was the new app. It lets engineers get real-time feedback and advice from experts by submitting details and photographs straight from site.”