Road Safety Audits (RSA)
ORS is one of Ireland’s leading Road Safety and Transportation Consultants, offering Road Safety Audit services for both the private and public sector. Our Road Safety Auditing Team is approved by Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) to act as Team Leaders and Team Members at all stages on the National Primary Road Network.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is the body governing RSAs in Ireland and the guidelines for carrying out RSAs are set out in the TII RSA standard GE-STY-01024 formerly known as HD19/15. This standard is also adopted by Local Authorities and public highway bodies on their schemes to reduce/minimise potential incidents once the schemes become operational.
An RSA is an independent examination of the safety performance of a proposed or existing piece of infrastructure. The safety evaluation takes place in stages. These stages examine the potential safety risk at initial design, detailed design and before opening a scheme to the public.
An RSA is a statutory requirement on any schemes/developments on the national road network. RSAs can be carried out at various stages depending on the lifespan of the project. The stages in which an RSA can be carried out are presented below:
- Stage F (Feasibility) – A Stage F RSA is usually carried out at the Feasibility stages of a project. Generally limited design information is available at this stage and the Audit Team would focus on the route selection aspects of the scheme and any particular constraints or potential risks associated with the proposals.
- Stage 1 – Completion of preliminary design, preferably prior to the submission for planning permission
- Stage 2 – Completion of detailed design, usually before the tender documents have been submitted
- Stage 3 – Completion of construction prior to opening (or completion if on a ‘live’ highway)
- Stage 4 – Accident monitoring (12 months and 36 months after opening of the highway scheme)
The ORS experienced and approved Road Safety Audit (RSA) Team work to identify potential road safety issues to designers on schemes on the Irish road network. The ORS RSA Team are experienced in a wide range of schemes including but not limited to the following:
- New highway schemes
- Highway improvement schemes
- Residential schemes
- Shared surface schemes
- Traffic management and temporary traffic management works
- Cycling/Greenway schemes
- Access/Junction improvement schemes
The aim of a Road Safety Audit is to:
- Ensure the schemes operate as safely as possible
- Minimize accident numbers and severity
- Improve awareness of safe design practices by design, construction and maintenance staff
- Consider the safety of all road users – especially vulnerable road users
For more information contact our Traffic and Transportation Team Leader, Adam Price on email@example.com