Adaptable Automated Resilient
An advanced and affordable transport infrastructure is key to creating the economic opportunities of tomorrow. With this in mind, the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL) set itself the challenge to develop a truly inspiring vision for how roads will be built and maintained in the 21st century. The result is the Forever Open Road (FOR) – a revolutionary concept that will bring together the best of what we have today with the best of what’s to come, and produce the fifth generation road. A road that is adaptable, automated and climate change resilient, based upon a concept for building and maintaining roads that can be applied whether motorway, rural or urban, and regardless of region or country.
By bringing together innovative technologies and concepts, and by harvesting knowledge and expertise from across Europe, this new generation road will transform the way roads are built, designed, maintained and operated. This all-embracing concept is being taken forward by FEHRL with support from European governments, universities and private industry. Many benefits will arise from working together and focusing upon a common vision aimed at meeting European, national and regional goals.
FEHRL launched the FOR programme in 2011. Now with the first projects of the FOR programme underway, FEHRL is developing the ‘sister’ programmes Forever Open Railway, Forever Open River and Forever Open Runway for railway, river and runway infrastructure, respectively. Together these four concepts constitute the FOR x 4 initiative on transport infrastructure.