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White Roads - About

The general objective of this project is to identify road sections along the Trans-European Road Network where no accidents have happened during the 5 years of study (European White Spots EUWS) and identify which are the infrastructure features which potentially reduce accident frequency in comparison with other strechtes with similar traffic conditions. WhiteRoads aims to be one step further as it does not only present data at EU level but also detailed analysis for every member state.

Specific objectives include:

  • Introduction of the concept EUWS which refers to a road section of at least 15 Kms longs where no fatality accidents have happened during the last 5 years considered during the study. In total 982 EUWS have been identified representing 40% of the roads over the total TEN-T road network after analysing 85,418 Kms of roads and 248,158 accidents in the EU
  • Identification of the characteristics of EUWS in terms of alignment parameters, maintenance level of road signs and guidance equipment, conditions of safety barriers, existance of specific safety equipment for vulnerable road users, traffic conditions for light and heavy vehicles, etc
  • Development of onsite inspections of particular EUWS located in Spain, France, Belgium, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania
  • Elaboration of the “Checklist" for determining the characteristics of white roads in the TEN-T after the analysis of the data collected during the onsite inspections
  • Promotion of further analysis for the extension of the concepts of EUWS and WhiteRoads to all other road networks in addition to the TEN-T

The final checklist developed by the consortium will serve as readily available tool for national authorities for the design, maintenance and management of their road network. The consortium aims to elaborate a complement to the existing safety guidelines regulated by the Directive 2008/96/EC on Safe Infrastructure Management.

This is probably the first positive approach to road safety in the field of transport research.