Development of technical standards on road infrastructure safety facilities and model ITS deployments for the Asian Highway Network.
Under a Capacity Development Trust Fund Agreement between ESCAP and the Korea Expressway Corporation, the secretariat implemented the above project during 2015-2017.
The Project was in line with objective of the Transport Division to promote regional connectivity for inclusive and sustainable growth in the region and was in line with the Regional Action Programme for Transport Development in Asia and the Pacific, phase II (2012-2016). Additionally, the Project was in line with the Regional Action Programme for Sustainable Transport Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific,
phase I (2017-2021) which emphasizes on regional road transport infrastructure connectivity as well as road safety and the implementation of resolution 70/1 entitled “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, containing the Sustainable Development Goals.
The objective of the Project was to improve road safety and road traffic management along the routes of the Asian Highway network through the development of technical standards for road infrastructure safety facilities and model intelligent transport systems (ITS) deployments. Additionally, strategies to promote and facilitate the implementation of the Asian Highway design standards as per Annex 2 to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network were developed.
Five participating countries, Bangladesh, China, India, Republic of Korea and Thailand on the road safety component and four participating countries, China, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation and Turkey on the ITS component provided active support to the secretariat in implementing the project in conformity with its time-line, budget and objectives. Moreover, Asian Highway member countries showed keen interest about the initiatives of the secretariat.
A) Road safety component of the Project
The Project allowed networking and extensive discussions with road safety experts of the region which led to a recognition of the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network as providing a good institutional platform for the coordinated development of road safety facilities following harmonized standards. This led to the drafting of a new annex to the Agreement entitled “Asian Highway Design Standards for Road Safety” aiming at helping road safety officials of the region put in place a uniform and predictable driving environment to address the risk posed by the rapidly increasing number of road movements across borders. The new Annex was adopted by the Working Group on the Asian Highway at its 7th meeting in Bangkok on 13-15 December 2018. Additionally, a detailed “Design Guideline” for road safety facilities was developed in consultation with Asian Highway member countries.
A report related to the above component of the Project is attached as “road safety study report”.
B) ITS component of the Project
This component of the Project resulted in the development of model ITS for the Asian Highway member countries. The study was one of the first initiatives of ESCAP’s Transport Division, on ITS deployments. The study report provided guidelines for the deployment of ITS services along Asian Highway routes, which will serve as a reference for member countries.
A report related to the above component of the Project is attached as “model ITS deployment study report”.
C) Strategy development related to the Asian Highway design standards
Strategies to promote and facilitate the implementation of the Asian Highway design standards as per Annex 2 to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Asian Highway Network were developed based on a comprehensive survey of Asian Highway member countries conducted by the secretariat.
A report related to the above component of the Project is attached as “Asian Highway strategy report”.
The Project was implemented in close association with the KEC. In this regard, KEC researchers provided valuable technical inputs to the road safety and ITS components of the Project. KEC researchers also contributed to the seminar, expert group meetings and the regional meeting organized by the secretariat. A Joint Seminar was organized in association with KEC on 5 November 2015 in Seoul in conjunction with the sixth Asian Highway Working Group Meeting and the 25th World Road Congress. The road safety facilities were selected in consideration of a study report prepared by a road safety expert from the international road assessment programme (iRAP).
All activities under the Project could be completed without encountering any specific challenge.
ESCAP secretariat will continue working on the improvement of road safety along the Asian Highway routes in association and consultation with the member countries.