Across Europe the National Road Authorities show a large variety in the way they operate their planning activities. This vision will reflect on the value of the SPINdesign toolbox for the different types of NRA’s. This vision will guide the discussion of the future role of the NRA’s in collaborative planning.
The SPINdesign approach will flourish the most when it is used in and early stage of the planning cycle. It helps the discussion when the project scope is not narrowed down yet. This gives the participants the faith their input can influence the scope and it helps the project organisation to formulate a scope that is in line with regional development strategies and is supported by relevant stakeholders.
The toolbox is best in facilitating an informal planning approach. The participants in the SPINdesign need to feel the freedom to instantly react on insights from the toolbox from his/her craftmanship and expertise. A formal planning approach might limit this freedom and might lose momentum due to the time needed to align an organisations formal point of view. However, formal planning approach might very suited for a follow up.
Balance between infrastructure, multimodality and spatial development
Essential in designing the interface between the last mile and the corridor is the balance between the infrastructure, its role in a multimodal mobility network and its function in a sustainable regional development strategy. This implies it is crucial for a successful application to include representatives and experts form an NRA combined with representatives from relevant additional modalities (such as rail, water,..) and representatives of the field of spatial development.
Balance between freight and logistics
In the applications conducted for the development of the SPINdesign toolbox we can conclude a traditional focus on passenger mobility exists and logistics an freight can be a blindspot. In several of the SPINdesign pilots (among Tilburg and Orebro) the balance (conflicts and synergy) are crucial in order to successfully design an interface.
A crucial success factor for applying the toolbox is an dependant host / process manager with excellent knowledge concerning infrastructure and spatial development. If the SPINdesign process is hosted by one of the stakeholders this can limit the open mindset and can obstruct a common ownership of the results. Feedback from the pilots suggested it would have significant added value when CEDR would continue the facilitation of the SPINdesign toolbox after the development is finished.
Suited for several
The NRA’s in Europe differ a lot. Some are uni-modal (highway) and some have become multi-modal (also include rail, water, etc.). Also, the scope of an NRA’s activities ran vary quite a lot. In many situations, we see tradition scopes that focusses on maintenance and project management become broader and start including environmental issues, economy and spatial issues. We are aware of these differences within the NRA’s. However, we can conclude the toolbox can have a different function dependant of the local role and position of an NRA. Most relevant are:
Stakeholder management instrument
The toolbox can be used as a stakeholder management instrument to improve under- standing and relations. The results from can help an NRA to better understand the interests of stakeholders (like regional or local planning authorities or local infrastructure authorities).
The toolbox can be used for project management as a scoping instrument to identify synergetic scopes
Area development instrument
The toolbox can be used as an integrated planning instrument in order to formulate an integrated strategy for mobility and spatial development.