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December 2016

The Road Efficiency Group supports the road transport sector in its transition to the One Network Road Classification and business case approach to investment planning.

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Talking with mayors and senior managers

During REG workshops road asset managers often tell us that they struggle to get engagement from chief executives, mayors and senior managers, who may not understand what the move to the business case approach means for them.

The business case approach and embedding the ONRC can sound difficult and it is easy for those who are not directly implementing it to under estimate its impact on investment.

REG is rolling out a programme of presentations, networking and written communication to the top tier of local government. Our approach is based on recognising that senior executives and elected members come into local government with their own goals, which are not always transport related.

We’re emphasising the higher level benefits of the business case approach and ONRC:

- a strong customer focus is readily responsive to the changing needs of communities

- the strategic mindset of the business case approach ensures that problems and benefits are clearly defined

- there is the potential for cost savings which can be invested in other council priorities

- a strong evidence base for road investment increases trust and confidence in local government.

Hopefully asset managers will notice a greater level of awareness and support from their execs as these conversations develop.

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Feedback on the draft Investment Assessment Criteria for maintenance

Thanks to those who contributed feedback on the draft criteria, including the proposal to establish baseline funding and changes to the investment assessment criteria, ahead of the next NLTP. The Transport Agency received 29 responses from 40 RCAs.

We have summarised the feedback here.

The next step is to further refine the assessment framework and criteria for evaluating maintenance programmes. These refinements will be tested in focus groups with the Approved Organisations (AOs) who are members of the Road Efficiency Group leadership group and several other AOs who have expressed an interest in doing so.

We encourage readers to view the NLTP development conversations on the Transport Agency website for an easily accessible discussion of the NLTP process for 2018-21.

Robert Brodnax
General Manager Planning & Investment
NZ Transport Agency

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Smooth travel exposure

The team managing the ONRC Performance Measures Reporting Tool have responded to user feedback and looked into the Amenity Customer Outcome 1 - Smooth Travel Exposure (STE) report. 

It was identified that there was an issue with the query on the RAMM data which caused some values, often Low Volume or Access classifications, to be incorrectly reported.  The latest release of the tool has now resolved this issue.

A big thank you and well done to those users who looked at the reports and queried results which were unusual or unexpected.  This has enabled a thorough review of the reporting mechanisms and an improvement in confidence in the tool’s outputs.

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Centre Line Data

The transfer to CoreLogic of the national road centreline data contract has been confirmed. REG will send RCAs a formal letter in the new year.

CoreLogic and RSL (RAMM Software Ltd) are currently working on enhancements for delivery in the first quarter of 2017. These include:

- the ability to view pending centrelines and either accept or reject

- automatic approval of centreline changes, depending on configurable criteria

- centrelines can be viewed and restored from history to override the current centreline.

Training on the new functionality will be provided by RSL through documentation and video tutorials.

There will be a Memorandum of Understanding for the new arrangement between RCAs, the Transport Agency and CoreLogic.

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Snapshot of 2016

It’s been a big year of preparation, debate and discussion for the road transport sector as it gets ready for the 2018 NLTP.

To assist in this preparation REG has passed some major milestones, most notably finalising and launching the ONRC Performance Measures. These are now set for 2018 so asset managers can have confidence, when preparing their Activity Management Plans( AMPs), that they are focussed on appropriate levels of service for customers and the investment required.

The online tool has been further developed and I’d like to thank Company-X for their excellent work during the year.  As we all contribute to, and use, the online tool the information it contains will become a valuable public resource and evidence base for planning the whole country’s road infrastructure.

REG’s procurement subgroup published the Road Maintenance Procurement: delivery model guidelines  in September. These are the result of substantial research and we have confidence that they will help Approved Organisations to explore the value for money opportunities and risks of various road maintenance delivery models. The guidelines will be further refined next year so watch this space.

The Capability and Enabling subgroup delivered three rounds of workshops to asset managers, and brought together the REG Champions to offer advice and support between workshops.  We hope to see asset managers increasingly using these resources in the new year as they prepare their AMPs.

I’d like to personally thank the REG team for their hard work.  They are all volunteers with busy day jobs who have stepped up to contribute to the sector. Anyone who is interested in joining REG for the coming year, please contact me.

REG wishes you all a happy Christmas and New Year and a relaxing summer holiday.

Jim Harland
Chair, Road Efficiency Group

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The timelines are getting tighter…Business case & AMP milestones

The timeline for developing your LTP and activity planning is getting tighter - this list of milestones shows where you should be.

(note: we have continued to include milestones that have passed as a checklist for progress and a reminder of the process.)

Understand the context for your AMP

May-August 2016: Review current strategy and start developing your strategic case. Complete self-assessment. Early engagement with key stakeholders and begin Point-of-Entry discussions with NZ Transport Agency (Round 4,5&6 workshops).

Resources: State Highway AMP, Auckland Transport 2015-18 AMP, Central Otago DC 2015/16-25/26 AMP Review, Auckland Transport ONRC gap analysis; REG online case studies.

Develop your AMP (timing variable between regions)

August-September 2016: Trial CLoS and performance measures and assess gaps in data. Identify network performance issues (Round 5&6 workshops).

Resources: REG online case study: Maintaining and renewing sealed pavements under the ONRC; ONRC Performance Measures – a general guide for using CLoS and performance measures.

October-November 2016: Develop a programme of activities to address network performance issues by assessing against defined strategic case problems (Round 7 workshops).

January-March 2017: Undertake gap analysis and identify benefits (Round 8 workshops).

Resources: REG online case study: Improved Option Selection - forward works programme optimisation.

May-August 2017: Identify programmes requiring investment or disinvestment.

Resources: REG online case study: NZTA programme review process.

July-October 2017: Finalise BCA AMP to enable engagement in LTP/RLTP process.

Resources: NZTA and regional councils available to advise.

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