1 Scope of network operations Print

Road network operations can be defined as all traffic management and user support activities intended to permit, improve, or facilitate the use of an existing network, whatever its conditions of use.

Road network operations concerns all activities directly related to the concept of service to the user of a road network (person, freight transporters, and public transport operator) and to service improvement.

It therefore differs from:

  • improvement of the infrastructure, which consists in equipping it and adjusting its geometric and physical characteristics;

  • maintenance of the infrastructure, designed to ensure the preservation, quality of use and renewal of road assets;

  • traffic policing powers that concern general or local rules of road use, whether permanent or temporary.

Road network operations require defined levels of service and associated quality indicators to quantify user satisfaction and the efficiency of the whole road system when considered part of a global transport system.

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