I've mixed feelings about this news. My first job in broadcasting was doing travel news at AA Roadwatch for BBC LR and some commercial stations. It provided a useful way into the industry for me and a lot of other people. I still know a few people who work for Inrix as well, so I'm sad to see jobs going there.
On the other hand, since Inrix closed quite a few of its offices, many stations now have their travel news coming from hundreds of miles out of patch, often read by someone who has never set foot in the area. I've no doubt having travel news from a local presenter who knows the area will result in a better service.
Well no travel news is made physically in Yorkshire for the BBC, and all those who do the bulletins at peak times generally make a good job of it. Some of those at off peak times or holiday cover aren't always great though.
It helps if they are fully absorbed in travel every day rather than getting a BBC employee doing it, who will presumably be doing it as well as something else so may just read out the list of incidents to get it out of the way.
My experience is that the opposite is generally true. Working in a remote office trying to keep on top of travel news across a large swathe of the UK for dozens of radio stations doesn't always result in the best service.
Also when all a presenter has to do is open and close a fader once every half hour for the travel news, there can be an inclination to zone out and not to have a clue what's going on out there.
When presenters in-house do their own travel news, at least they have to have a good idea what's going on, and when there's something significant, can give additional updates as required throughout a show. It also helps when you've got listeners calling the station with information (if BBC LR has any sense, they'll stop promoting the Inrix phone numbers and promote their own) meaning you can get it on straight away, rather than waiting until the next bulletin.
Clearly a lot depends on the individuals concerned. If all you do is toss off a rip-and-read list for one of the most valued services you provide, I'd argue you're not doing your job, and the boss should have a word.