What does it do and what does it deliver
The framework is a collaborative process based on a common language. For the Network Operating Framework to work, partnerships are needed across all stakeholders and at all levels.
All road users will continue to have legitimate access to the entire transport network. However, by applying the framework, certain routes will be assigned priority to enable them to work better for designated modes at particular times of day. This attempts to provide an integrated approach to managing congestion, safety and competing demands for limited road space on these routes. It also supports future planning and development of transport and travel choices by establishing the future networks with modal priority attached that deliver strategic goals.
The process involves all relevant and major transport stakeholders agreeing on a collaborative view of strategic intent for a geographic area and how this is enabled and delivered by transport. This leads to a vision and language that embraces all modes across the entire network.
At all stages, stakeholders agree what is expected of transport, how and to whom priority is assigned and what the effects are of interventions on the network. The process is also an engagement and agreement framework, assisting clear and consistent informed decision making.
The framework has a tool that visually demonstrates overarching effect and any detailed trade-offs being made in order to deliver strategic goals that result from a given transport project or land use development. It informs decision making and helps establish agreements, partnerships and understanding of the network-wide effects of interventions as the basis for wider consultation and network or project development.
The framework has the potential to be a key planning and operational tool to inform decisions and to link those decisions to both strategic objectives and operational interventions. It also enables users to make informed travel decisions in relation to how they see the network developing and being operated.