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Key messages

The key messages fact sheet aims at defining a common set of messages that will be shared between FEHRL members and will be the basis of discussions with stakeholders and partners. If we want our message to come across we need to repeat it and to repeat it the exact same way. Download this page in Word

Aim of FOR:

Forever Open Road will tackle global challenges such as climate change, carbon reduction, energy saving, as well as the increasing need for journey time reliability in response to rising demand both for private car travel and the delivery of goods by road. At the same time, it will help meet societies goals to provide transport infrastructure that is:

  • Safe and secure
  • Sustainable, cleaner, quieter and more energy efficient
  • Supported by innovative and  competitive industry and private sector
  • Provide reliable mobility based on user needs and expectations
  • Based on the need to take into account the shrinking public-sector budgets

There are three elements to the Forever Open Road:

  • The adaptable road
  • The automated road
  • The climate change resilient road

The road would adapt to future maintenance, changing capacity demand and vehicle manufacturer needs; it would automatically provide in-built vehicle guidance, as well as travel information and performance measurement; it will be built from sustainable materials; and will harvest, store and use energy, will cope with excess water and temperature change, and will be able to clean and repair itself.

FOR will deliver tools within this decade (by 2020). Tools = proven and cost effective products, technologies and management procedures

Vision for FOR:

In order to achieve its aim of delivering tools by 2020, FEHRL has developed a multi faceted vision for FOR.

1. FOR will involve the whole range of stakeholders: research organisations, industry, manufacturers, infrastructure owners, infrastructure managers, end users… It will also bring together public and private sector organisations with expertise in road design, travel behaviour, road safety, intelligent transport systems, vehicle manufacture, environmental impact and product manufacturing. Comprehensive involvement of the whole “road chain” in research projects will ensure that efficient projects are selected and that industrialisation and implementation issues are embedded in every research project right from the start.

2. FOR will aim to avoid unnecessary duplication of research. Research projects will need to detail what their added value will be. FOR will start with existing technologies and asses how they are implemented.

3. FOR will join forces across Europe. Forever Open Road will encourage multi-national engagement and collaboration, and stimulate research across the different countries bringing cost savings and benefits for all.

4. FOR will encourage a systems approach, which is to integrate into end products various components from diverse technological domains. 

5. FOR will recognise the role of road transport within the transport systems and the need for seamless interaction and interfaces between the modes.  The outcomes of FOR will benefit other modes and in turn FOR will benefit from those modes.

6. FOR will acknowledge the diversity of the existing European road networks and will deliver tools for new roads as well as tools for the upgrading and maintenance of the existing network.

7. FOR will maintain continuity of its aim and vision as it collaborates with various partners and various funding mechanisms, each operating with their own frameworks and timelines. This will ensure that the focus remains on enabling the delivery the Forever Open Road.

8. FOR will bring together a wide range of funding and programming instruments selected and, were necessary, developed to in order to maximise the deliverables of FOR.  It will link with existing national initiatives such as the “5th generation road” in France or “Road of the 21st  century” in Germany. FOR will build on their work and act as the multi-national binding element.

9. FOR will put an emphasis ensuring implementation with demonstration projects and full scale trials being a key element. These are recognized as being able to bring together the whole array of stakeholders and to expose the usefulness to society of the tools that FOR will develop.

FEHRL is confident that this clear and comprehensive approach will enable the transport community to achieve the FOR aim.

FOR will be the core part of the 5th Strategic European Road Research Programme (SERRP) making it a core part of FEHRL’s strategy for the years to come.  Roadmaps for each of the three FOR elements will be described in detail in that document.



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