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“Wide area” network operations are concerned with the common goals of road management - to improve traffic safety and traffic fluency, together with better end-to-end journey times, journey time reliability, driver safety and comfort. A proper route hierarchy, signage and navigation have an important part to play. In addition, increasing efforts are being made to minimise adverse environmental impacts like traffic noise, fumes, NOx and carbon emissions, community severance effects, etc.  

There are other important objectives which concern customer services and information society goals, in order to have better- informed road users and drivers on the road network. Travellers want and expect reliable information to help them make wise decisions about their journeys.

The main features of network operations can be described through a three level approach (The Big Shift”).

Strategic: this is the level where social and transport policy objectives are translated into road network performance requirements in qualitative terms of traffic flow, traffic safety, convenience, etc.  The strategy will be derived in “missions” as defined in the Network Operations Handbook.

Tactics: this is the level where network performance requirements are translated into network “functions” to a certain level of service or quality.  Furthermore, “services” are defined on this level, which indicate the network functionality to be performed at a certain standard.

Operational: this level confronts the organisational requirements, procedures and protocols, with the implementation of tools and strategies in order to meet users’ needs.

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Chapter 3 of PIARC Network Operations Handbook “Road Network Operation Tasks and Measures”

Sweden National Report: “Moving towards Network Operations in Sweden”

Case Study: “Transport and Telematics - Developments and Success Stories in Germany”