Route Planning

Routing Apps | Multi-drop Planning | CAZ info | Traffic Announcements

Information is power. Use that information to plan better routes

We took the time to look into the finer details and source a wealth of information to make it easier for you to operate as a courier. One of the most important factors for any delivery service is to know WHERE you are collecting from and delivering too, and the most efficient route between those two points. We’ve collated the best information we could get to help you, from all the leading apps and websites.

Whether it’s finding out what the weather is going to be like, checking on traffic conditions on your route, or finding out if you’re at risk of incurring a ‘low emission zone’ fine, we’ll help you find what you need.

The Couriers TV Recommended Apps/Websites

google maps

frequent user rating

4/5

We’re sure you probably already know about Google Maps. If you don’t, then where have you been for the last 10 years?

It’s free to use, making using it a no-brainer. Plan your routes with post codes, see traffic updates and send the routes direct to your mobile devices. It even warns you of toll roads. For anyone starting out this should be on your favourites bar and your phone.

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what3words

review coming soon

0/5

Describes itself as “The simplest way to talk about location”. It’s a modern alternative to postcodes and street names. They mapped the entire world into 3m x 3m squares and gave every square a unique 3-word reference. This way you can navigate to an exact front door, garden path or delivery bay.

CIRCUIT

review coming soon

0/5

The route planner helping you to save an hour a day. Incredibly slick and efficient routing app with specific tools for couriers requiring multiple stops on route. Add stops, optimizes your route and finds addresses helping you get home earlier – which is something we all enjoy.

read more about circuit (soon)

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routexl

full review coming soon

0/5
There are going to be times when you need to plot multi-drop routes and figure out which is the most efficient order to run your deliveries. Route XL makes that effortless.

read more about routexl (soon)

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Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Information

Five clean air zones are either already in operation or soon to come into effect around the UK, and more will likely follow. These areas will penalise anyone using older specification diesel vehicles with fines handed out if you drive a non-compliant commercial vehicle into/through these areas. Make sure your vehicle is up to spec or find out what you’ll have to pay if you head into any of the following locations:

Government Departments

There are a lot of things to be careful of when delivering to cities around the UK, such as low emissions zones, parking restrictions, and pedestrianised areas. Use these links to find information for major UK towns and cities.

Manchester is a rapidly changing city and the Greater Manchester area has a lot of varied boroughs with different rules around transport access.

If you need to know more about the Greater Manchester low emissions zones and other access issues, visit Transport for Greater Manchester

London can be a challenging place to deliver to. There are so many rules and regulations and an ever-increasing number of fees are payable in order to deliver to the central London.

Clue yourself up before heading that by visiting Transport for London (TFL)

Traffic and Route Planning Services

Someone once said “If you fail to plan, then you plan to fail”. Sometimes a bit of forward route-planning can save you a lot of time and effort by missing road works or accidents and finding the most efficient way to do your deliveries.

Probably the most well known routing app, Google Maps is free and very easy to use. Not only that, but you can enter up to 10 stops in case you need to do a bit of multi-drop.

Highways England (formerly known as The Highways Agency) are often the first people to know about issues with traffic on motorways and major A-roads throughout England.

Visit Highways England if you need to know if there are any traffic issues on your route

The official rules of the road for the UK. The Highway Code is essential information that all drivers are required to adhere to by law.

View the Highway Code online here

If you need to work out the most efficient method to complete a multi-drop route of more than 10 stops, RouteXL allows you some free routing. What’s great is that once you’ve entered your stops and are happy with the route, you can send it to Google Maps to output the route (although if you need to change anything you’ll need to start again in RouteXL).

Regular multi-droppers will be better off signing up for a paid account.

Weather

Couriers have to work in all weather conditions, but sometimes it’s nice to know ahead of time so that you can choose whether to take your big coat with you or not.

Visit the BBC Weather Map for both a short and long forecast for the week ahead so that you can get an idea of what to expect while you’re out and about.

As an alternative to the BBC Weather report, you can visit the MET Office to get their weather forecast instead.