The vision behind the Forever Open Road programme is that many of the required solutions exist already from previous research, but are not (yet) implemented to their full potential. Investigation on the untapped potential and the eventual barriers to their implementation will undoubtedly offer quick wins to the road operators. Therefore, the Forever Open Road delivery strategy is aimed at delivering early results from bringing together existing knowledge and best practices and systematically building that up in the following years. As can be seen from the figure below, the Forever Open Road concept will be achieved through a combination of:
• Current best practice in construction and technology,
• Transfer of technologies and methods from other sectors,
• Use of early stage and emerging techniques and products,
• New (grassroots) research into technologies and products,
• Demonstration of all the technologies and systems developed.
The programme actions are set out to provide the stakeholders, already from 2011-2013, with a significant portfolio of demonstrated solutions. In the years following on from then, the results from current field test projects will be added to this solutions base making it more comprehensive and versatile.
At the same time, starting in 2011, systematic analysis will focus on identifying the remaining technology gaps to be followed on by new research. The first focus for this new research will be to investigate if the adoption of near-market technologies offers the opportunity to short track the development cycle by avoiding the basic research stage with the promise of early field tests. Only when this investigation offers no opportunities will new research be initiated from a grassroots level with the premise that field tests be scheduled on a significantly longer term basis. During the entire term, all demonstrated results will be actively disseminated to the relevant stakeholders. This will be done through a variety of instruments ranging from the public availability of a well-managed database through to publications, interactive seminars and workshops.