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Implementing an evolved classification system will take time and we will be working across the country with our local and regional government partners to support implementation of the new classification in 2021. We envision that the principles of the One Network Framework and the initial documents will begin to help shape investment conversations. To fully embed the framework across a range of decision-making processes, a comprehensive implementation plan is required.

An outline of the draft high level design elements was approved in April 2020 by the REG Governance Board, at the completion of Stage 1 of the project.

Once the framework for the detailed design of the Movement and Place classification system is delivered in 2020, more detail will be available to let you know what to plan for to implement the One Network Framework within your organisation.

The project’s long-term objective is to roll out a full implementation plan, training and updated RAMM/PMRT tools across the country with the support of REG and LGNZ in time for the following three yearly-cycle (2024–2027).

Upcoming training and briefing sessions

The ONF project team will develop a range of education and training opportunities later in 2020, including webinars within the REG Learning & Development programme.

Starting ONF discussions at your RCA

The long-term intention of the ONF project team is to support RCAs to get started with implementing the new ONF and mapping over ONRC classifications via a series of initial collaborative workshops across teams and disciplines, to ensure an agreed approach. For example, determining the classifications for the initial application of the ONF should be done jointly by different internal stakeholders including transport planners, urban design and land use planners, taking into account all the various policies and drivers of the local authority’s region as well as national guidelines.

Design, planning, movement and place

The ONF team also recommends including subject matter experts such as cycling experts, and where appropriate, external stakeholder groups to determine your network’s ONF classifications. A range of stakeholders will be important to fully represent the multi-modal ‘Movement and Place’ functions of your network.

Trialling the ONF in your Network Operating Framework (NOF)

As part of stage 2 of the design process in 2020, we're aligning the new ‘Movement and Place’ classifications with the process that sits behind the Network Operating Framework (NOF). This process takes land use and transport strategies and determines a set of strategic objectives and network principles which guide the development of the NOF. It then determines and maps the modal networks that are required to deliver the future land use. The next stage prioritises modes according to time of day and establishes the operating gaps that need to be closed in order to achieve the desired future aspirations for the network. These steps then help to inform how the network is operated, and subsequent investment decisions. The ‘Movement and Place’ classification provided by the ONF greatly enhances and informs the place discussion within the NOF process.

Support for RCAs to work through the NOF process is offered through the Waka Kotahi Optimisation Planning team, and the process can be ‘right-sized’ for each RCA’s local situation. For example, metro RCAs with complex and competing demands across different times of the day will benefit the most from undertaking a full detailed NOF process, while rural RCAs may not need to undertake a detailed mode and time analysis step before being able to identify their operating gaps.

In all cases, applying the new ONF classifications and performance measures/levels of service will be central to the NOF process in the future.

Read more about the NOF process

Trialling the ONF in your Activity and Asset Management Plans (AMPs)

In the lead up to LTP and RLTP/NTLP funding processes later in 2020, REG members all around the country are reviewing their 10–30 year Activity and Asset Management Plans (AMPs). A substantial support programme for the development of the investment stories within these AMPs is currently being rolled out through REG’s webinar-based Learning and Development (L&D) programme, including referencing the current ONRC and future ONF to help describe corridors and their outcomes.

RCAs are encouraged to start referencing the new ‘Movement and Place’ and Street Family elements of the ONF to help tell their story in their AMP, particularly to describe the aspirations they have in the medium-long term for corridors and surrounding integrated land use plans. RCAs can contact the ONF project team for support to initiate discussions. Future sessions within the L&D programme will also cover information on the ONF.