An evidence-based approach for value for money assessment of Roading Infrastructure in New Zealand. Harish Shivaramu, Auxilium Ltd


The Activity Management Plans (AMPs) are developed by the Road Controlling Authorities (RCAs) to outline their short-term and long-term management approach for the maintenance and operation of the road network under their jurisdiction. Ideally, these AMPs need to be customer and outcome focused, and should also be able to demonstrate ‘sound principles and processes’ for developing road maintenance and capital investment proposals. However, although a number of RCAs adhere to the aforementioned guidelines, the resulting AMPs show variation with respect to standard reporting variables and limitations concerning quantifiable measures. These differences and limitations can be problematic in developing nationally consistent benchmarks for evaluating network performance, level-of-service and expenditure levels. Also, due to which, establishing a reliable and comprehensive evidence base for beneficial benchmarking might be a challenging proposition. Therefore, with due consideration given to Government Policy Statement (GPS), Regional Land Transport Plan (RLTP), One Network Road Classification (ONRC) and a Long Term Strategic View (LTSV), this study proposes quantifiable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and an evidence-based framework to assist the RCAs in adopting economical and beneficial investment practices for the roading sector in New Zealand.
Keywords: Benchmarks, Performance measurement, Activity Management Plans, New Zealand, Road Controlling Authorities.

Harish holds a PhD in Civil & Environmental Engineering with strong background in asset management, performance measurement, business/infrastructure analysis & modelling, traffic simulation & transport economics. After spending nearly half a decade researching efficiency of New Zealand’s roading sector, Harish successfully developed and tested a benchmarking framework that could assist transport agencies in evaluating their performance with respect to road maintenance and operations.