The technical assistance project Consultant Services for Road Safety Technical Assistance under Result-based Road Maintenance & Safety Project (RRMSP) for Albania National Road Network, implemented in Albania from March 2018 to June 2021, is funded by the World Bank. The objectives of this over 2.8-million EUR project are to:
- Support the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure (MoTI) as the Lead Office (Agency) and as the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Road Safety Committee (IMRSC) by developing internal capacities and procedures to conduct “Results-based” institutional functions.
- Provide technical assistance in safe road infrastructure.
- Establish sustainable Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Systems for systematic and ongoing measurement of road safety outputs and outcomes (intermediate and final), and the evaluation of interventions to achieve the desired results.
- Recognize and prepare integration path of different data repositories in robust Road Crash Data and Analysis System.
- Outline and prioritize unsafe behaviour on Albanian roads with proposed, target driven awareness campaigns: On “Promotion” – Publicity and Awareness Campaigns Targeting Unsafe Behaviours.
The project is organized around 4 main components: (1) strengthen Road Safety Department as the Lead Office (Agency) and the Secretariat of the Inter-Ministerial Road Safety Committee (IMRSC); (2) Technical assistance in safe road infrastructure; (3) Road Crash Data and Analysis System and (4) Promotion - Road Crash Data and Analysis System.
How we are doing it
One of the key components is technical assistance in safe road infrastructure (Component 2). Within the framework of this component, NTU provides advices on improvement of infrastructure safety in the high-risk corridors through the development of Road Safety Guidelines and mass action programs guidelines as well as a continuous support in network safety ranking and management. Additionally, trainings in the use of proactive tools and procedures for improved infrastructure safety, based on a thorough needs assessment and gap analysis, are provided. Furthermore, improved rural and urban road infrastructure safety programs in high-risk corridors and areas were evaluated, speed management practices are reviewed, and support in the preparation of police enforcement programs given.
The work of NTU on this project provides several positive impacts to the groups targeted by this projects such as the government of Albania and its related entities, private sector, NGO’s, citizen of the country, etc. Among these impacts, several can be mentioned:
- Fewer speed-related deaths
- More efficient patrols and patrol officers
- Safer roads
- Harmonisation and reduction of expenditure related to the consequences of road accidents
Strategic speed management model used to develop speed enforcement plan, extracted from the Speed Management Program Implementation Plan