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iRAP and TRF move to help rid world of high risk roads

12 May 2011

iRAP (the International Roads Assessment Programme) has appointed theTransport Research Foundation (TRF), the parent of TRL Limited, as a new Centre of Excellence.

 iRAP’s vision of a world free of high risk roads; it has established a new way to inspect and measure the safety of roads. It recommends high priority improvements which will save the most lives for the money available. The iRAP methodology is being used by development banks and countries worldwide.

During the Decade of Action 2011-2020 iRAP has set out its goal to help inspect some 3,500,000 kms of the world’s busiest roads where most road deaths are concentrated and develop investment plans that countries can afford to save a million deaths and serious injuries. Simple engineering measures like footpaths, crossings, road markings, road shoulder treatments and safety fencing typically top the list of iRAP recommendations. The returns are typically $5-10 for every $1 invested. TRF is committed to supporting iRAP in this endeavour.

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