Getting from A to B can be a stressful experience. Reduce the stress by planning your journey and looking at all the options available.
Driving route planners
Online mapping and satellite navigation can provide route plans and alerts for traffic for those travelling by car. You may like to try:
Public transport planner
The local transport authorities covering south Hampshire have worked together to produce the MyJourney website (external link); this includes a journey planner which allows you to compare travel by different modes. If you are planning a longer distance trip it might be more appropriate to use Traveline (www.traveline.info) which is a national journey planner allowing you to plan door-to-door travel using public transport. It too includes comparisons against travel by car, and a 'carbon saved' feature.
National Rail journey planner
Provided by National Rail, this journey planner covers the whole UK rail network and includes details of latest changes due to engineering works. A free app is also available for suitable mobile devices. You can also check whether the service you are proposing to use is generally reliable to time, to give you confidence over using it (or to avoid one with a poor history of timekeeping).
Cycling journey planner
The CycleStreets journey planner is the first such online service dedicated to cyclists. It knows all the shortcuts, and the route takes account of hilliness and congestion. The results can even be downloaded to a GPS / SatNav device so they can be followed whilst travelling.
What are current conditions like? Where are the hold-ups? Where can you expect delays? You can find travel news at the following sites: