The recommendations set directions for a replacement Guide to continue to provide leadership and national consistency over the next decade.
Austroads said broad consultation undertaken as part of this project had found that although the current Guide is valued by traffic engineering practitioners, it is not keeping pace with the evolving priorities in road transport network operations and planning or the strategic objectives of Austroads’ members.
The review was undertaken over several stages, including discussions with subject matter experts in 33 practice areas, workshops with local and state government and industry representatives, and an industry survey.
“Practitioners identified significant content gaps and want the guidance to better support them in making decisions and empower them to solve problems, navigate conflicts and deliver a range of outcomes. More broadly, the thirteen-part structure is difficult for less familiar users to navigate and requires a protracted process to update. Without change, the Guide risks losing its usefulness and relevance to users,” Richard Delplace, Austroads Transport Network Operations Program Manager said.
This report paves the way for the development of a new Austroads Guide to Transport Operations and Management (AGTOM) that will replace the current AGTM over the coming years. The leadership of Austroads’ Network Task Force will guide the modernisation of existing content, adaptation of ongoing research and development of new content.
“The AGTOM will complement the strengths of the AGTM by better covering transport planning and real-time operations, providing more practical guidance and deeper consideration of sustainability, multimodality and customer experience in addition to safety and efficiency outcomes. To help achieve this, the AGTOM will shift away from the traditional publication-based format and into an online ‘ecosystem’ of information with better connected, more accessible and navigable content.” Richard said.
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