The Government is also issuing guidance to local councils about charging utility companies for carrying out roadworks at peak timesCredit:Andrew Crowley Roads minister Jesse Norman says motorists will be able to plan journeys better to avoid congestionCredit:Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images “We want to reduce this disruption and delay, and Street Manager is just one of a number of actions we are taking so that local authorities and utility companies can better plan and manage their roadworks.”The data opened up by this new digital service should enable motorists to plan their journeys better, so they can avoid works and get to their destinations more easily.”The current system has been described as old and often supplies out-of-date information about roadworks.A spokesman for the department said Street Manager will allow existing apps such as Waze and Google maps to enhance their services for motorists. It would see the latest data shared via satnavs and app ‘push’ notifications.Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s transport spokesman, welcomed the proposal. “Roadworks, while necessary, cause congestion and disruption to road users and businesses, with UK drivers wasting an average of 31 hours in rush-hour traffic last year,” he said.”Councils are on the side of frustrated motorists who find themselves spending wasted hours held up in tailbacks and already do what they can to minimise costs to road users.”These initiatives will give road users more accurate information to plan their journeys and avoid delays where possible.” Earlier this year it was announced authorities were given the power to fine firms up to £2,500 a day for working on roads during busy periods. Around 2.5 million roadworks are carried out annually, costing the economy £4 billion according to figures from the DfT.The charges will also encourage companies to work together to ensure the same road is not dug up multiple times.Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: “Roadworks can often be frustrating for motorists, especially when they cause hold-ups at busy times and delay journeys. The Government is promising to help motorists avoid traffic jams in the future by investing millions of pounds in a new mapping system.The Department for Transport has announced it is investing £10 million to create a real-time map of traffic jams.The technology will replace the old system which distributes data about roadworks which is often out of date. The programme, titled Street Manager, will be free for companies and app developers to use.The department hopes Waze and Google maps will integrate their data so drivers can plan the most effective routes to their destinations.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Alongside this announcement, the Government is also issuing guidance to local councils about charging utility companies for carrying out roadworks at peak times. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.