Our future vision for the strategic road network (SRN) up to 2050 is set out in our ‘Connecting the Country’ report. This, together with our three imperatives of safety, customer and delivery – is the guiding light for our innovation priorities.
‘Safety’, ‘Customer’ and ‘Delivery’ remain our three company imperatives and these are the guiding principles to our vision.
We have looked at the steps we may need to take over the coming decades, including the changes to operation and practice which could be required. In addition, we have also developed our Health and Safety: Innovation Priorities 2018-2020, setting out a clear vision for the challenges we face, and a 30 year Pavements Innovation, Technology and Research Plan.
Many of the changes will be strongly linked and we have identified five change themes.
Our ambitious steps to achieving the long term vision for the strategic road network are grouped within the five change themes and will support these step changes alongside present day business requirements.
Innovation change themes and challenges
Steps to the future SRN
|Design, construction, and maintenance||Deploying new materials and construction techniques||Increasing asset connectivity and digitisation||Automating construction to speed up delivery||Creating a network of self-sustaining, smart assets|
|Connected and autonomous vehicles||Providing network connectivity||Realising fully connected and safer roads||Preparing for a driverless network||Supporting CAV-only roads|
|Customer mobility||Providing for new mobility choices||Creating high quality connections for our customers||Enabling seamless journeys across integrated transport modes||Providing guaranteed customer journeys|
|Energy and the environment||Reducing impacts on our neighbours||Progress reduce, reuse and recycle||Phasing out internal combustion||Improving the environment, with a positive bio-diversity footprint|
|Operations||Optimising use of data||Integrating networks between the road, operators, and customers||Creating an intelligent, self monitoring, and reactive network||Achieving a near zero disruption network|