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The One Network Framework aims to provide a common language to reflect the role transport corridors play in the movement of people and freight across all land transport modes and the community space these corridors provide in our urban areas. The resulting framework will provide a toolbox to support the development of customer focused investment in future land transport programmes.

Why are we evolving the current ONRC?

We are evolving the current One Network Road Classification (ONRC) in response to feedback from the initial deployment round (2013–2018) and to revisit objectives we could not land in that initial wave.

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The intention for the One Network Framework project is to work with a broad stakeholder group to evolve the current ONRC to:

  1. Provide a consistent travel experience along elements of the transport system with similar classifications at the best achievable value for money.
  2. Consistently describe the elements of the entire land transport system so strategic, land-use and planning, improvement, operation and management activities use a common language.
  3. Describe service levels and outcomes for land transport modes that are appropriate for urban and rural contexts and functions consistent with the wider network and adjacent land use.
  4. Provide a clear line of sight between transport interventions and the customer service levels and community outcomes to be useful for strategic, operational and tactical activities.
  5. Provide a structured service level and performance framework so transport investment decision-making considers all modes equally.

When are we delivering the project?

Given the ambitious goal of having the framework ready for release in 2020, we have assembled a core design/delivery team who are responsible for completing research into best practices and coming up with high-level design concepts for the transport network classification system and level of service framework by the end of July. We will then consult and refine the solution with around 30–40 subject matter experts representing the full spectrum of multi-modal transport system planning, operating and maintaining across urban and rural networks.

We look forward to bringing the findings to our industry stakeholders at the beginning of Q4, 2019 with a push to begin implementing elements of the improved framework in 2020.