Road infrastructure is the backbone of the European economy and social equity, creating a source of unprecedented socio-economic wealth for Europe’s citizens.  To ensure the continued mobility of goods and people across Europe, it is essential to preserve and upgrade Europe’s road infrastructure. In order to achieve this, it is necessary to raise the level of understanding of the fundamental role it plays. 

 

With a total of 5.5 million km, the EU road network constitutes one of Europe’s largest community assets.  However, chronic underfunding and lack of maintenance risk jeopardising in a short time this huge asset, which has been built over the past 50 years at great expense and effort.  Roads like buildings need to be maintained and have their own life cycle, which can be prolonged efficiently if the timely corrective action is taken in an appropriate way. We are now experiencing a critical point in time, where a continuation of status quo may entail a situation where our network is damaged beyond normal maintenance requirements and as such, would incur very costly actions to repair in the future and maybe even a permanent and irreversible partial loss of this important asset. 

 

In this context, the ERF has decided to set up a working group on Road Asset Management, with the following objectives:

 

  • Raise awareness of existing road asset value in EU
  • Raise awareness of the contribution of road infrastructure asset for society and economy
  • Help stakeholders maintain, preserve, upgrade and adapt the road infrastructure to the existing and future mobility requirements and needs, with the appropriate allocation of funds

 

 

In order to reach these objectives, the ERF will undertake the following actions:

 

  • Collect data to estimate the current and replacement value of the existing road infrastructure asset in the EU
  • Collect data on budget spent on road maintenance and upgrading
  • Promote the use of existing tools for the evaluation of the condition of the road infrastructure
  • Define a Road Asset Management Model in relation to:
    • Mobility
    • Road Safety
    • Sustainability
    • User expectations
    • Level of service to the user
    • Risk Management
  • Identify best practices in the field of Road Asset Management on all levels of the road network
  • Identify target stakeholders and best respective channels to communicate key messages to them
  • Approach European Institutions to promote the need for an integrated concept of road asset management at all levels
  • Promote Road Asset Management as a pillar of sustainable transport infrastructure policy