In Germany, the Federal Ministry of Transport, Building, and Housing (BMVBW) is responsible for the strategic planning of the long-distance road network, the rail network, inland waterways, and marine transport. Thus it is directly involved in issues like integrated transport network planning and modal split. Detailed planning and design of the federal highways are the responsibility of individual state ministries of transport. Non-federal roads are the responsibility of the state, counties, and local authorities. This article discusses six aspects of the German road network: (1) classification of roads according to their function, distance, and who has to pay for their construction and maintenance; (2) investment programmes, where schemes are grouped in terms of primary or secondary priority; (3) private-sector financing of transport infrastructure, which is expected to be scarce, despite money received from toll roads; (4) road pavement management and maintenance, where a standard pavement management system (PMS) is being introduced for motorways and federal highways; and (5) transport safety, where fatalities and accident risks are much higher than in the UK. Priority investments include anti-congestion measures, new links, new bypasses, more spending in road maintenance and management, and road transport telematics.


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  • Accession Number: 00799864
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 6 2000 12:00AM