Rest Area Strategy Plans
The audit is one step in the recommended process for developing a long term rest area strategy. Road Agencies are already undertaking a range of initiatives in this area including establishing a system of informal rest areas and the development of strategies for planning for rest areas. The National Guidelines (Section 5.2) recommends the following steps be taken as a minimum when developing mid to long term rest area strategy plans:
- Identify the mix and volume of traffic currently using the route and the predicted growth in traffic and infrastructure requirements over the next 20 years. The composition of traffic will affect the size, design and operation of rest areas along a route.
- Develop an inventory of existing rest areas located on the route, the types of services and facilities, estimates of current usage and demand, and estimates of future demand.
- Identify gaps in the provision of rest areas and facilities available and identification of where rest areas may be over-represented.
- Develop a plan to detail the types of rest areas required, their frequency and the facilities to be provided, the design specifications required and the level of signage required.
- Develop a programme indicating the priority and costs of proposed improvements and upgrades for the route/network and a timetable for implementation, within jurisdictions overall priorities for road network improvements.