Stage 0: Feasibility

Strategic Actions associated with this stage.. Through this step the following activities, would be addressed: a literature review, alternative option investigation, determination of possible impacts and effects on the current network, data collection issues, and outline cost benefit considerations. This step requires that the PT1 form be completed and approved before progressing any further. At the completion of Stage 0 consideration must be given to the ongoing feasibility of piloting the innovation. This will be summarised within the preliminary business case confirming the overall strategic fit and its business need. The extent and depth of this review will be appropriate for the scale of the innovation under consideration. For larger pilots this may involve an OGC Gateway 1 – Business Justification Review. For smaller pilots this may not be appropriate but the review should demonstrate that options have been identified and appraised and also affordability, achievability and value for money established. Typical outputs that might be expected from this stage. Stage 5 Stage 1

Step 0.2 - Trial and Pilot Approval

If at the completion of Stage 0 the review concludes the innovation is feasible, Form PT1 will be completed and authorised at the appropriate level as detailed below:.

Category A Trials – Minor schemes or projects with minimum impact on HA network operations and business targets, usually a trial or research trial. Trials at this level should be submitted for information only to the Regional Operations Board (ROB). The trial will subsequently be submitted to NOG for information.

Category B Trials – Medium schemes or projects which will not have any adverse impact on network operations and Agency business targets, but will require co-ordination with regional Traffic Operations team. This category will require approval by the Regional Operations Board (ROB). The trial will subsequently be submitted to the NOG for information but could become a pilot if later designated by NOG.

Category C Pilots – Most significant schemes and projects, with high political sensitivity, press interest, RCC resource requirements or impact on Agency targets, including safety and Journey Time Reliability target. All Category C pilots will require consideration by the NOG on timing, location and status and will not proceed without NOG’s approval. A Category C pilot will therefore, subject to NOG’s decision, be rejected or approved to continue as a pilot or alternatively re-designated as a trial.