Map FAQ

Q. What is the map?
Q. Where is the map?
Q. What do the map icons represent?
Q. What do I need to use the map?
Q. What are the mouse controls for this map?
Q. How do I use the map?

Q. What is the map?

A. The Interactive Map shows relevant and up to date traffic information for Northern Ireland.

Q. Where is the map?

A. The interactive travel information map can be found here: Travel Information Map

Q. What do the map icons represent?

A.

Message Signs iconThis icon represents Variable Message Signs (VMS), which are information signs to be found along motorways and at other locations.  When using the map, if you hover over one of these icons, a message will be displayed showing what the VMS sign is currently displaying. By clicking on the icon you can find out the time that the VMS sign was most recently set.

CCTV Camera iconThis icon represents a CCTV Camera. When using the map, if you hover over one of these icons, the latest image from the camera will be shown. By clicking on the icon you can access a link to view updating images or a live video stream (where available).

Roadworks low severity iconThis set of icons represent a road work. The colour of the icon indicates the severity of the delays associated with the road work. When using the map, if you hover over this icon, the start time, end time and severity of the road works will be displayed.  If you click on the road works icon you can view more detailed information such as a road works description and the estimated delay caused by the road works.

Incident map iconThis icon on the map represents an incident. When using the map, hovering over the incident icon will present you with details about that incident such as incident type, start time, end time and its severity. If you click on the icon, more detailed information including incident description, estimated delay and the time this information was last updated will be displayed.

This icon represents an event. When using the map, hovering over the event icon will present you with details about the event such as name and location. If you click on the icon, more detailed information including description and the time this information was last updated will be displayed.

Journey time map iconThis icon represents a journey time between two junctions. When using the map, hovering over the journey time icon will present you with details of the journey time between two locations. 

This icon represents traffic speeds along major routes. When the "Speeds" checkbox is ticked, the speed of traffic will be displayed at fixed locations indicated by this icon.  Hovering over the icon will display the road name, traffic direction and measured speed value for those locations.

This icon on the map indicates the location of a low bridge. When using the map, hovering over the low bridge icon will display the details including the height, road number, and structure reference.

This icon on the map indicates the location of a weight restriction. When using the map, hovering over the weight restriction icon will display the weight limit and further details.

Q. What do I need to use the map?

A. To use the map, you need to have JavaScript enabled in your web browser. 

In Windows Internet Explorer, this can be enabled by clicking on Tools > Internet Options > Security tab > Custom level >  Scroll down to the Active Scripting options and select Enable.

In Mozilla Firefox, select Options from the Tools menu.  Click on Content and make sure the Enable JavaScript box is checked.

Q. What are the mouse controls for the map?

A. When using the map, clicking and dragging with the left mouse button allows you to pan the map both horizontally and vertically.

If your mouse has a scroll wheel you can use this when navigating the map. By scrolling up and down, the map will zoom in and zoom out respectively.

Moving the mouse cursor over an icon will cause a pop-up box to be displayed showing basic information for that icon. By clicking on the icon with the left mouse button more detailed information will be displayed.

Q. How do I use the map?

Getting the most from the map

This map is up-to-date with relevant traffic and travel information. The map is intended to be used by you so that you will be able to make informed travel decisions.

When using the map, pan and zoom to the area that is relevant to you.

Then click on the appropiate icon checkboxes and wait for the displayed information to be updated. The information you selected will then be displayed. You can obtain further information by hovering over and clicking on these icons.

By default the "Refresh Map Automatically" option is selected. With this enabled, the traffic information displayed on the map will automatically be refreshed every 5 minutes.