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The project to evolve the One Network Road Classification (ONRC) and broaden its success further was initiated in 2019, and is part of a wider national response to align with the Government’s outcome focus areas to reduce harm, take a stronger multi-modal approach, and improve community wellbeing.

It also accounts for feedback received from the sector for improvements after the first wave of ONRC implementation (2013–18).

Stage 1 high level design was completed in 2019. Right now, we’re progressing the detailed design and testing and refining it with a few asset owners and key Waka Kotahi teams.

The intention of the One Network Framework (ONF) project is to evolve the current ONRC to:

  • Ensure it is fit-for-purpose in more complex environments, where there are a number of competing demands on limited road and street space, and a range of modes to be accommodated.
  • Be relevant for both urban and rural settings, by developing a common language that all practitioners can use.
  • Shift the emphasis to the overall movement of people and goods, by any mode, rather than only considering the volume of vehicles a route can support.
  • Differentiate strategic networks of different modes of transport.
  • Consider movement in the context of place.
  • Prioritise and protect human life and help embed the Safe System approach.
  • Be simple to understand, use and interpret, providing additional layers of complexity only where needed.
  • Align with spatial planning processes, tools and frameworks.
  • Guide planning, operation and investment decisions in the short and long term.
  • Provide a framework that considers the aspirational use of the transport network in the medium to long term so that planning can be put in place to achieve that aspiration.

To find out more about the ONF project’s progress contact the project team at

ONF timeline

Timeline with additional view of detailed design, training and tools, and alignment with other tools.