URSA MAJOR 2 is building on the results of a Taskforce in the predecessor project, that led to the development of a template for Traffic Management Plans. The combined expertise of the URSA MAJOR 2 practitioners from the beneficiaries DE, IT and NL – strongly supported by the partners from Switzerland – created a powerful tool that now will be used throughout the USRA MAJOR network for new TMPs (first example is the Gotthard TMP); but also all existing TMPs will be captured. The template reflects the structure, the requirements and all necessary elements of the ITS Deployment Guideline TMS-DG07 "Traffic Management Plan for Corridors and Networks". It aims at facilitating the provision and dissemination of (long distance) TMPs in order to exemplify the organisational background and approach.
Deployment of TMPs ensures a higher level of service in terms of increased traffic efficiency on the network and improved safety in terms of incident response and mitigation through a consistent delivery of traffic control, route guidance and information measures to the road user.
Definition of a TMP for long distance freight traffic
A predefined allocation of rerouting measures to a specific situation (such as incidents, heavy congestion, planned events (road works), environmental issues) in order to control and guide freight traffic flows as well as to inform truck drivers pre- and on-trip and provide a consistent and timely service to the truck drivers.
Initial situations can be unforeseen (incidents, accidents) or predicted (recurrent or non-recurrent events). The measures are always applied on a temporary basis.
The decision points for rerouting of a TMP for long distance freight transport are outside your operating area. This means that co-operation between road operators is necessary, that there is a shared responsibility and that you cannot take the decision to activate the TMP on your own.
A TMP for long distance traffic involves at least two road operators and requires co-ordination between different institutions (road operators, municipalities, service providers).
There are 3 levels:
- Political level
- Traffic engineer level
- Operational level
These are reflected in the:
- Deployment Guideline (substantiation)
- Fact sheet / URSA MAJOR fact sheet template
- Working instructions
Goals of a TMP for long distance freight traffic
- To facilitate the road user
- The road user should have the feeling as if the whole network was operated by one road operator
- To make better use of the road network
- To be able to give more dedicated, more personalised information to truck drivers (rerouting, rest areas, parking facilities…)
- To have more steering possibilities for the road operator (e.g. rerouting in case of big events or for environmental reasons)
Common policy objectives
- Reduce congestion
- Reduce delay (caused by congestion)/improve travel times
- Improve safety
- Make optimum use of the capacity of the total network of main roads
Common reasons to use a TMP for long distance traffic
- Incidents, foreseen and unforeseen
- Road works
- Weather conditions
- High occupancy
The TMP Template and the corresponding Fact Sheet are now available for download.
We hope the template makes your work easier. We are happy to receive your feedback.