European Pathfinder Group Managing the Safety Performance of Road Networks with Star Ratings

The Dutch government was the first to commit to achieving minimum 3-star safety levels on its national roads by 2020, a commitment endorsed by successive governments. New Zealand is now targeting a 4-star rating for roads of national significance.  The Slovenian Parliament has embedded RAP ratings in its national operational plan.

The Pathfinder Group has been formed by leading authorities willing to work closely with civil society members to explore transparent safety goals for managing road networks.  The first meeting was held in Barcelona on 22-23 May hosted by Xavier Flores, Director General of Infrastructure and Land Transport of the Government of Catalonia together with RACC.

Papers were presented on progress in 6 nations developing network management to ‘safe system’ principles – Britain, Netherlands, Spain, Slovenia, Australia and New Zealand.  The Group aims to develop international benchmarking and best practice.