Thirty (30) engineers and road safety professionals from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Roads and Roads General Authority (RGA) have received iRAP training this week as part of the world’s largest 73,000km iRAP assessment project currently underway in the country.
The 5-day workshop, held in Riyadh, was organised by the RGA and EuroGroup, and delivered by iRAP’s Jigesh Bhavsar and Morgan Fletcher. The workshop aimed to provide in-depth knowledge of, and practical experience using the iRAP Methodology and tools, how iRAP assessments are conducted, how results can be accessed on the iRAP software ViDA, and how to prioritize safety improvement works across the Kingdom’s road network.
Training was also provided in Star Rating for Designs, AiRAP for the ‘accelerated and intelligent’ capture of road safety-related data, workzone management, road safety audits and health and environmental safety.
The assessment and capacity building activities are supporting development of KSARAP, a locally owned and led Road Assessment Programme for the country, and implementation of the 2030 National Transport Strategy. The Strategy makes safety a top priority across all transport organizations and includes targets of ensuring that 100% of highways and dual carriageways along main corridors achieve a 3-star or better safety rating by 2030, exceeding international targets.