The One Network Road Classification - Promoting Better Decision Making and Improved Budget Outcomes

The Road Efficiency Group (REG) is a collaborative initiative by the road controlling authorities (RCAs) of New Zealand. Its goals are to drive value for money and improve performance in maintenance, operations and renewals throughout the country. In mid-2013, the REG established a joint working group comprising members of Local Government, the Ministry of Transport, the New Zealand Transport Agency (operational Crown Entity) and the Department of Conservation. The working group commenced development of an integrated functional classification for the entire New Zealand road network (state highways and local roads) to help local government and the Transport Agency to plan, invest in, maintain and operate the road network in a more strategic, consistent and affordable way throughout the country. The One Network Road Classification (ONRC) is an important milestone in New Zealand’s transport evolution as its implementation will: 1) Provide a consistent view of function and performance of the entire road network in a way that allocates risk differently depending on a roads function. This will bring huge value given that New Zealand’s road network is administered to different standards by over 70 different local and central government agencies for a small population of 4.4 million people; 2) Enable benchmarking to take place in order to identify RCAs that are providing the same services more efficiently. This will subsequently lead to better decision making and improved budget outcomes; 3) Inform better investment conversations based on the performance of the network to consistent criteria; 4) Identify data gaps that are impacting decision making; 5) Provide a stronger voice to the customer in deciding where money is invested in their transport network. The ONRC has three elements – firstly, a functional classification that differentiates roads into six different classes; secondly, fit-for-purpose customer levels of service that communicate what experience road users can expect; and thirdly, realistic performance measures that allow monitoring of delivery to customers’ expectations. RCAs are in the process of classifying their network, understanding how they currently perform in relation to the ONRC, and then developing Activity Management Plans that will align their levels of services with the ONRC. The ONRC is expected to be fully embedded into the activity management plans of road controlling authorities by 2018.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Illustrations; Maps; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the 25th World Road Congress - Seoul 2015: Roads and Mobility - Creating New Value from Transport

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  • Accession Number: 01710481
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9782840604235
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2019 2:40PM