Inspirational life-saving success was shared yesterday by the Victorian Department of Transport and Planning, Main Roads Western Australia and iRAP at an Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE-ANZ) webinar on iRAP Practical Investments Saving Lives.
Guest speakers included:
- Rob McInerney – CEO, iRAP presenting on iRAP Global Partnerships and Practical Investments Saving Lives
- Matt Allan – Senior Network Safety Planning Officer, Department of Transport Planning, Victoria sharing VicRoads’ A$1.7 billion Safer Roads Infrastructure Programme (SRIP) and Safe System Transformation
- Fritha Argus – Research and Data Coordinator, Main Roads Western Australia on Technological Advances Creating Opportunities for AiRAP
The presentations very effectively captured how iRAP Star Ratings and injury data has informed an understanding of road infrastructure risk and development of Safer Roads Investment Plans to eliminate high-risk roads. Australia’s leadership in AiRAP innovation was also revealed.
The AusRAP programme, led by Austroads and drawing together Australian road safety agencies, has assessed 424,861 km of roads and designs, influencing the safety of US$15.9 billion of road infrastructure investment including a national $3 billion Safer Roads Programme which includes targets for 3-star or better performance. Star Rating policy targets are in place in 13 national and state policy documents including the 2021-2030 Australian National Road Safety Strategy, South Australian Road Safety Strategy to 2031, New South Wales Road Safety Plan, Victorian Road Safety Plan 2021-2023 and 2021 Australian Government Remote Roads Upgrade Pilot Programme Guidelines helping to inform the safety of billions of dollars of road upgrade investment. National partners are leading Artifical Intelligence based assessments (AiRAP) and ARRB is one of 11 iRAP Centres of Excellence helping to shape the evidence-based global road infrastructure safety standard and tools. 3,123 people have been trained in Australia in iRAP trainings and events delivered locally and 511 people have benefited from iRAP global/on-line training.