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UK Network Management Board Business Plan Introduction

Strategic Objectives

The objective for the UK Network Management Board (NMB) is to provide oversight for the implementation of transport policy relating to the UK road network, by the individual agencies responsible, providing support such that this is achieved in a coherent and consistent way that reflects the overall policy objectives set by Government.

The plan is monitored here.

The NMB has a broad remit to promote safe and efficient network management, seeking a better understanding of congestion and the impact of interventions on the network, and by encouraging innovation, adoption of good practice, co-ordination between stakeholders and information exchange.

The NMB chair sits on, and reports to the UK Roads Liaison Group (UKRLG).

The NMB will:

  • Contribute to the development and provide an oversight of the implementation of network management policy and of protocols to encourage an appropriate degree of consistency within operational structures by means of information gathering/dissemination and advice.
  • Support coordination between the different agencies responsible for network management by means of forums, presentations at meetings, reports of discussions.
  • Identify issues arising from current legislation, policy conflicts and other guidance/developments and suggest appropriate courses of action to address the issues, coordinating advice as appropriate.
  • Champion courses of action (research, trials, development of new protocols, methods for performance measurement, recommendations of good practice etc) providing leadership to address the issues identified.
  • Guide the development of performance indicators in a consistent and coherent manner, putting forward the case for funding as necessary.
  • Identify and facilitate research in key areas relating to network performance and customer requirements, setting out the case for research, identifying funding, monitoring progress and publicising results.

It should be recognised that the strategic priorities to be addressed by the NMB will change over time, as policy develops and operational processes are refined and deployed.

Membership of the Board is available here.

Strategic Priorities

Theme 1 – Safety and Security

What can the Board deliver to maintain and improve network resilience?
What impacts could the Board’s sector have on road safety?

The Network Management Board will:

1.1 Review progress in road safety and seek a greater understanding of the interventions including education (training, marketing, etc), engineering and enforcement impacting these.
1.2 Monitor technological innovation and development with a view to supporting that which improves safety and reduces crime and fear of crime on the UK road network.

Theme 2 – Environment

How should the industry calculate and reduce the transport CO2 footprint?
What can the Board’s sector do to adapt to climate change?

The Network Management Board will:

2.1 Seek greater understanding of the principal influences in achievement of modal shift to more sustainable modes and disseminate learnings.
2.2 Seek a greater understanding of the impact on air quality and general street scene of engineering and other measures to reduce congestion/improve traffic flow.
2.3 Seek greater understanding of the opportunities, risks and impacts of less traditional streetscape designs (eg ‘shared space) to support broader functionality and improved visual amenity.
2.4 Promote carbon reduction by sharing good practice/experience.

Theme 3 – Congestion

How can the Board’s sector contribute to reducing the impact on the motorist of congestion?

The Network Management Board will:

3.1 Consider the impact of the Network Management Duty and help to establish measurable and meaningful performance indicators.
3.2 Share and disseminate learning and effective practice, to include the Coordination Code of Practice, Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) relating to streetworks, and permit schemes.
3.3 Monitor technological innovation and development with a view to supporting those which reduce delay and disruption.
3.4 Derive further knowledge and understanding of the impact of interventions on network operations and congestion and disseminate learning to inform future policy direction, to include the impact of marketing, education and training.
3.5 Consider further and advise on the respective roles of highway/traffic authorities and the Police in the management of traffic operations on and the resilience (e.g. flooding, terrorism and special events) of the road network. Seek evidence-based examples of good/cost-effective practice and relevance to wider application both by highway authorities and the police.

Theme 4 – Economy

What further resources do local authorities need to embed policies and realise the benefits? How should value for money be assessed?

The Network Management Board will:

4.1 Seek to better understand how best to represent congestion in measurement and to reliably quantify its cost in monetary terms.
4.2 Share information on the development of contractual frameworks and outcome performance measures for improved operational network management and value for money.
4.3 Encourage greater engagement with planning authorities and private sector developers to secure a better understanding of the benefits of, and greater funding for, traffic management and associated technology initiatives to help mitigate the level of disruption caused by building works and congestion from increased traffic demand.
4.4 Seek a better understanding of the costs (revenue and capital) involved in delivering certain types of improvements in traffic management and the benefits derived (including in public realm), including the identification of unexpected/perverse outcomes.

Theme 5 – Accessibility

Further advice that the Boards can give on ensuring access to businesses and services, particularly in context of contingent events such as flooding?

The Network Management Board will:

5.1 Seek to understand road user information needs and how best to provide such information in an accurate, timely and cost-effective way to facilitate informed choices.
5.2 Monitor the development of Regional Freight strategies with a view to disseminating effective practice.
5.3 Improve engagement with the Sat-Nav provider industry to seek protocols and mechanisms for updating and maintaining digital road maps, to include road access restrictions.
5.4 Seek to understand the barriers to greater efficiency in use of the road network by the logistics industry and particularly the customer demands and constraints associated with supply chain operations.
5.5 Seek a better understanding of the varying and often conflicting needs of different road users, helping to develop and disseminate good practice in the design and allocation of road space for specific user groups (such as pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, bus passengers) taking account of relevant legislation eg. the Disability Discrimination Act.