The new feature has been triggered the bad weather that is forecast this evening (13 January 2013).
The aim is to provide a central point of information where people can either update directly with travel problems or updates can be sent in using SMS/ text messaging.
The forum can be found at www.harrogate-news.co.uk/forum/
Text message updates can be sent to: 07989 678 987 (standard mobile rates apply) and people can add their own entries with road problems or even upload an photograph.
Along with the traffic problems, details of any school closures can also be uploaded.
Significant travel problems will be tweeted and also posted onto facebook to give as wide and as immediate update as possible.
Please provide feedback on the new service to firstname.lastname@example.org