Road Restraints Risk Assessment Process (RRRAP)

(updated 6th July 2020)

RRRAP v3.1 has now been introduced which synchronises the update of the Requirements for Road Restraints Standard (CD377).

Changes to v3.0

*** Coronavirus – Home broadband usage and RRRAP operation. ***

Currently the RRRAP system is operating well within the resources allocated to it and therefore any access or speed related issues are likely to be related to the extraordinary daytime usage of broadband from home users with the demand for intensive bandwidth dependent applications such as video streaming services or gaming. Should users experience issues with the performance of RRRAP, it is likely to be as a result of local strain on broadband services.

If you are in the hazard definition phase of RRRAP, populating data, this is a low intensity data demand activity and where possible other access points such as different broadband suppliers could be attempted, i.e. a different service provider Virgin / BT derived supplier if available to you (neighbour), a works mobile data stream or if rate inclusive, a personal mobile data package connection.

The intensive data requirement for RRRAP is the initial ‘calculate risk’ processing whereby all hazards are ‘number crunched’ together. After that initial processing, only individual changes are processed although some changes which are applicable to multiple hazards will have wider impact, changes to Basic details (AADT, Vehicle percentages) or collective hazard entries ( Hardstrip or Hardshoulder widths, verge details etc).

If difficulties are experienced, continuing to work on other aspects of the design and calculating risk at times of quieter demand may be appropriate (the calculate risk operation takes between 45 seconds and two minutes). Times such as non-core hours but also breakfast, lunch or dinner times where usage may decline temporarily.

It is hoped difficulties remain at a level that is manageable but should any occur, further advice will be issued to address any such reported issues.

THIS CLOUD BASED TOOL IS ALSO NOW MADE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST TO ANY ROAD DESIGN ORGANISATIONS FOR USE ON SCHEMES ON HIGH SPEED ROADS (50MPH AND ABOVE) THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE UK TRUNK ROAD NETWORK.

The Risk based Road Restraint Systems Standard does not follow the traditional standard format.  The Standard has two parts that must be used together,

The RRRAP provides the designer with a tool to assist in the provision of a safe road design for hazards that are sited adjacent to the carriageway. v3.0 is a cloud hosted tool.

The RRRAP tool provides the client an auditable record of the roadside in the form of a list of roadside furniture, structures, water hazards, roads, railways and other features which pose a hazard to errant vehicles that have left the carriageway. It also provides a record of the solution the designer has optimised through the process of hazard design, moving or removing hazards, specifying setback – working width combinations and benefit cost analysis for installation specification and future maintenance.

It applies site specific data to each hazard allowing the risk of impact and likelihood of occupant injury to be assessed for any hazard with multiple complex factors being applied which may influence the risk of life changing injury. Factors such as offset from the running lane, topography of the ground in advance of the hazard, the aggressiveness of the hazard itself and other factors such as bend severity, accident history, traffic volume, vehicle type balance and any effects on third parties.

The formulae within the RRRAP reproduce research findings reflect risk factors found in a number of research reports undertaken in the UK and Worldwide. These are summarised in the Errant Vehicle report also stored on this site. The outputs of RRRAP were benchmarked against IRRS and TD19/85 and have been developed through the continuous improvement process over the last 15 years. The RRRAP outputs provide a good basis for hazard mitigation solutions whether that is removal of the hazard, installation of passively safe furniture or protection with vehicle restraint safety systems. The provision of solutions meeting or exceeding current standards are subject to agreement with the client and the provision of solutions not meeting current standards require agreement with the overseeing organisation through the departure from standards process.

ACCOUNT APPLICATION PROCESS.

Each organisation will request a user name and password for their organisation by means of a nominated super-user who will administer access to their allocation of record slots to other designers within their organisation. All slots / records are accessible ONLY to the organisation to which they are allocated.

Super-users will be notified of their account details by email together with the location of the login page.

The organisation's super-user will need to demonstrate current and future scheme records or justify the issue of an account for other reasons (education, training or research purposes).

The number of slots allocated to each organisation will be made based on workload / expected users.

PLEASE NOTE: RRRAP is not a storage system, records should be downloaded / backed up on a frequent basis. It is required that once the design has reached the print off appendix 4-1 stage, the record is removed (or downloaded by csv file) to free up record slots.

APPLICATION REQUEST LAYOUT.

Send email request to:RRRAP@highwaysengland.co.uk

State ORGANISATION REGISTRATION REQUEST in the subject line

The email shall contain the following details : -

RRRAP Introduction Videos

For Super-users.

https://youtu.be/511_x9Tu2aM

For Users.

https://youtu.be/f9xqkTctG2A

Written User Guide (in-tool guidance is updated frequently)

RRRAP v1.3a 2016 in excel format (no internet connection required (discontinued) and to be removed in December 2020)