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Detailed design and classification guidance

The One Network Framework Detailed Design and Classification Guidance documents have been refreshed.

The Detailed Design has been refreshed following feedback from the National Moderation process. It sets out and describes the components of the ONF:

  • Explains the meaning of place and movement in the context of the ONF
  • Sets out the urban and rural street families
  • Provides an explanation of each street category from each of the street families, including functional descriptions and defining attributes
  • Explains how to classify roads and streets under the ONF
  • Provides an explanation of terms and tables for each of the modal layers.

The Classification Guidance has been refreshed to include classification modal network information for a road/street under ONF and outlines details of how to update or add this information within the RAMM system. It provides information on how to classify a new road/street or change the classification of an existing road/street within an RCA’s network.

Both documents have been designed to help practitioners working at Road Controlling Authorities (RCAs) to collaboratively classify their network using the ONF.

Both documents are final draft guidance and will remain available online until they are completed and ratified. 

If you have any questions or ideas on how to improve the guidance, please contact the team at

Introducing the modal layers

The ONF team hosted a webinar update on progress to implement the modal layers into Waka Kotahi systems and processes in time for the 2024-27 NLTP development.

A specific focus was the recent work to classify current state modal networks (public transport, freight, walking, cycling and general traffic) under the ONF and a live demonstration of how to update and view these within RAMM.

National Moderation Report

All current State Highway and local networks have now been classified using the ONF street categories. The results were then moderated to ensure that the ONF had been applied consistently across the country and to identify and resolve any issues with the framework or guidance.

Read the National Moderation Report [PDF, 659 KB]

Steps to establish classification

Additional guidance and support will be provided to support the classification of modal networks, the future network and the performance measures for benchmarking.

Collaborative approach for re-classification

Classifying networks using One Network Framework should be done collaboratively by a range of practitioners including strategic transport planners, urban design and land use planners, asset managers and multi-modal specialists from both local and regional government.

With the automated classification as a starting point, this range of views will help bring the classification to life in the local context. The automated ‘place’ function needs to be enhanced with local and updated land-use zoning information, and then nuanced particularly in more urban areas by ‘place’ practitioners.

Classification should account for local and regional transport and land-use strategies and in urban areas be informed by various modal networks, including public transport and any identified freight routes. For urban areas that utilise a Network Operating Framework, much of this work may have already been done.

Relationship of roles for Design and Planning, with Movement and Place

Four coloured circles showing the overlapping of movement, place, design and planning in the ONF framework


Learn more about the ONF and how you can apply it in your work. Email the ONF team at