Stage 3: Implementation
Step 3.4 - Installation
The implementation and construction of pilots on the HA operational network will require significant planning to ensure the impacts on road users and others is minimised.
Through this stage the impact of the pilot upon the travelling public stakeholders is likely to be at its maximum. This will be particularly apparent through any disruption caused through the construction period. A proactive communication plan should be adopted, particularly for larger pilots, to publicise significant milestones and include suitable activities to maintain positive end user stakeholder involvement within the pilot, such as press releases.
Road space booking and any associated traffic management arrangements must be arranged at an early stage in the project planning to ensure the availability of and access to the pilot site as and when required.
The implementation methodology must be acceptable to all involved in the pilot. This will include not only the innovation to be assessed through the pilot but also any assessment equipment to be installed. If needed an environmental impact analysis should be carried out to ensure the impact is minimal.
The Road Safety Audit (RSA) procedures should be carried out on the pilot including the relevant audit at this stage to identify any aspects of a pilot scheme that give rise to road safety concerns and, where possible, to suggest modifications that would improve the road safety of the resultant scheme [HA 2003]
A safety report should also be produced. The degree of rigour required will depend on the complexity and potential impact on the pilot. The HA Management Arrangement for Health and Safety (MAHS) details what is in place to deliver the required standards of performance and is due to be published in 2007. For further guidance contact the National Health and Safety Team.