30 Mar 2006

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Integrating safety from the early stage of new road construction is cost-effective and saves lives, according to experts and stakeholders gathered for the 1st EU-Poland Seminar on Safer Road Engineering.

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Integrating safety from the early stage of new road construction is cost-effective and saves lives, according to experts and stakeholders gathered for the 1st EU-Poland Seminar on Safer Road Engineering held at the invitation of the European Union Road Federation (ERF) on 28 March 2006 in the World Bank offices in Warsaw.

Ahead of an expected European framework directive on safe road management, the seminar constituted a unique opportunity for decision-makers from road authorities, industry and safety agencies to discuss the practical implementation of preventive hazard identification and mitigation strategies.

In a context where Poland remains at the lower end of Europe’s performance league, according to figures presented by Mr. Andrzej Grzegorczyk, head of the National Road Safety Council, there is an urgency to act on all components of road safety. An unfortunate characteristic of Poland’s safety record is that road accidents lead to far more serious levels of injuries than on better-performing roads, added Mr. Leszek Mikolajkow, a national expert in safety equipment.

Mr. Zbigniew Kotlarek, Director General of the Polish Road Directorate, indicated that training of a Polish corps of safety auditors was now underway as part of a national campaign to raise awareness of preventive risk management among road engineers. Case studies of cost-effective measures and safe roadside management practices presented by delegates of the ERF Road Safety Programme followed by a technical visit of a road construction site concluded the one-day seminar.

The EU-Poland Seminar on Safer Road Engineering was held with the support of Hierros y Aplanaciones (HIASA), the Spanish Road Association (AEC) and Swarco Holding Group. ERF expresses its gratitude to the World Bank for hosting the seminar.

For a copy of the seminar programme, please click here.