Route Planning

Information is power. The more you know, the better you can run your business. 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.

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.

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.