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Life saving project for Europe’s Danube region roads

An ambitious project to cut road deaths and serious injuries in the Danube region in Central and South East Europe could get the go-ahead if a EuroRAP supported bid for European funding is successful.

Project RADAR (Risk Assessment on Danube Area Roads) is led by Olivera Djordjevic from EuroRAP’s Slovenian-based European Institute for Road Assessment (EIRA) which is working with 13 partners in 11 countries. The project team is seeking core funding from the European Regional Development Fund and sources that will fund work on roads in neighbouring countries. The programme is coordinated by the Danube Transnational Programme.

RADAR members are currently collating projects for possible funding under the following topics:

  • Safer Road Investment Plans
  • Provision for vulnerable road users (particularly pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Intelligent transport systems and other techniques for speed management strategies
  • Road Safety near schools

The funding will support all the key aspects of project development including: road infrastructure assessment training; exchange of experience and study visits; action and design which will include work to “do everything possible up until the point of implementation of countermeasures”.

If the funding bid is successful, project work would be expected to start in late 2017 or early 2018 and last for three years.

EuroRAP’s regional director, Steve Lawson, said: ‘This is a very important venture for us. Previous work has estimated that implementing targeted engineering countermeasures in the Danube region major road network could result in a 40% drop in road deaths. This would represent a long-term return of five or six times the initial investment.’

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