THE ‘SAFE SYSTEM’ APPROACH
SANRAL has always strived to be progressive in identifying and implementing road safety solutions. This includes embracing the ‘Safe System’ approach to providing a secure and forgiving road environment that caters for the needs of all road users, including the most vulnerable.
The Safe System approach to eliminating deaths and serious injuries on the road has been adopted by road agencies around the world. It is guided by the principle that everyone – including planners, engineers, law enforcement and road users – share responsibility for creating a safer road environment.
THE FREEWAY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
SANRAL’s innovative Freeway Management System (FMS) allows for real-time monitoring and management of the road network. Using intelligent transport systems (ITS) technologies, it relays information on the flow of traffic, which is then displayed on variable message signs and sent to various radio stations for broadcast to the public and online platforms.
This integrated system also allows for effective engagement with road users in a bid to respond to an array of incidents that occur on busy freeways across the country. Over the past five years, the FMS has improved incident management, reduced congestion and increased road safety.
TECHNICAL INNOVATION HUB
One major innovation highlight for SANRAL in recent years was the launch of its Technical Innovation Hub (TIH). The TIH is not a physical space, but rather a think tank of young intellectuals mentored by senior professional engineers.