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Past Project: Development of Award Winning UK Travel News OSX Tiger Widget

UK Travel News Widget

The challenge

Our widget was awarded 2nd place winner in the BBC Backstage Widget Competition in November 2006.

The solution

This widget is no longer supported. In 2011, the BBC disabled their backstage data feeds, so no content will be shown. We hope the users of this widget have found it useful over the last 5 years.

This widget was born out of frustration by our founder with travel delays in the UK. Developed for Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger Dashboard, this widget uses data supplied from backstage.bbc.co.uk and allows you to see the travel problems in either your region or by your mode of transport. The list you see is sorted by severity and can be filtered, so the most important travel news for you is at the top. To see more information on an item, just click it.

The solution is distributed free of charge [Download]

Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger is required. If you're using Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, Show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget's icon in the Widget Bar to open it. If you're using a browser other than Safari, click the download link. When the widget download is complete, unarchive it and place it in /Library/Widgets/ in your home folder. Show Dashboard, click the Plus sign to display the Widget Bar and click the widget's icon in the Widget Bar to open it.

At present, feeds are available for the following regions and modes of transport:


  • Regions

    • Bedfordshire

    • Beds, Herts and Bucks

    • Berkshire

    • Birmingham

    • Bristol

    • Buckinghamshire

    • Cambridgeshire

    • Cheshire

    • Cornwall

    • Coventry and Warwickshire

    • Cumbria

    • Derbyshire

    • Devon

    • Dorset

    • Edinburgh and Lothian

    • Essex

    • Gloucestershire

    • Hampshire

    • Hereford and Worcester

    • Hertfordshire

    • Humber

    • Kent

    • Lancashire

    • Leeds

    • Leicestershire

    • Lincolnshire

    • Liverpool

    • London

    • London M25

    • Central London

    • North London

    • South London

    • East London

    • West London

    • Manchester

    • Norfolk

    • Northamptonshire

    • Nottingham

    • Oxford

    • Perth and Tayside

    • Central Scotland and Fife

    • Scottish Borders

    • Highlands and Northern Isles

    • North East Scotland

    • Western Highlands and Islands

    • South West and Ayrshire

    • Shropshire

    • Somerset

    • Stoke and Stafford

    • Strathclyde

    • Suffolk

    • Surrey

    • Sussex

    • Tees

    • The Black Country

    • Tyne

    • Wales

    • Mid Wales

    • North East Wales

    • North West Wales

    • South East Wales

    • South West Wales

    • Wear

    • Wiltshire

    • North Yorkshire

    • South Yorkshire





  • Larger Regions

    • Top Incidents for Road

    • The North

    • The South

    • The East

    • The West

    • Scotland

    • The North East

    • The North West

    • The Midlands

    • The East Midlands

    • The South East

    • The South West

    • Northern Ireland



  • UK Motorways

  • Rail

    • Top Incidents for Rail

    • Arriva Trains Wales

    • C2C Rail

    • Central Trains

    • Chiltern Railways

    • Croydon Tramlink

    • Eurostar

    • Eurotunnel

    • First Great Western

    • First Great Western Link

    • Gatwick Express

    • GNER

    • Heathrow Express

    • Merseyrail

    • Midland Mainline

    • Northern Rail

    • One Railways

    • Scotrail

    • Silverlink County

    • Silverlink Metro

    • Southern

    • South Eastern Trains

    • South West Trains

    • Thameslink

    • Transpennine Express

    • Virgin Trains

    • Wessex Trains

    • WAGN



  • The Tube (All Lines)



  • Sea

    • Ferries (All Routes)

    • Brittany Ferries

    • Caledonian MacBrayne

    • Hoverspeed

    • Irish Ferries

    • Isle of Man Steam Packet Co.

    • Norfolk Line

    • P&O Ferries

    • Red Funnel

    • Seacat

    • SeaFrance

    • StenaLine

    • Trans Europa Ferries



  • Air

    • International Air Travel



  • Cycling

    • Scotland Cycling



  • In Welsh

    • Canolbarth Cymru

    • Gogledd Ddwyrain Cymru

    • De Ddwyrain Cymru

    • De Orllewin Cymru

    • Gogledd Orllewin Cymru

    • Trenau Arriva Cymru

    • Wessex Trains - Welsh




By default, the widget uses the feed for Norfolk. To change the feed, click on the info button (which flips the widget) and use the popup list. Feed content is updated every 15 minutes.

If you want to filter the incident list, please use the checkboxes on the rear of the widget to show or hide the severities of your choice. At present, the following severities are supported:

  • Very Severe

  • Severe

  • Medium

  • Slight

  • Low Impact

  • Cleared

  • Unknown

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