Road Transport

Nowadays, the road transport sector is fundamental for the overall development of countries in the world. Indeed, the roads network of a country is essential not only for the good management of resources, trade and mobility but also indirectly affects economic and social development. This is even more fundamental in the case of rural areas whose benefits from development of the road transport sector are evident.

NTU implements a range of technical assistance projects, technical audits, evaluations and feasibility studies in the road sector around the world. We help Roads Authorities and Transport Authorities manage their budgets and procure new supply, works and service contracts, and we audit and evaluate starting, ongoing and finalised road construction, upgrading and rehabilitation contracts, leading to more efficient spending of funds in the road sector. Therefore, NTU helps the clients from the road sector strategy and planning to the actual implementation of the project, and guarantees audits and supervisions before, during and after the actions on the road transport sector. We also contribute to defining the right sources of financing, which result the key for an efficient work in the road sector development. Particular attention is driven to road safety actions, which include studies and statistic analyses on the traffic management of the interested nations. Key success factors in many of NTU’s activities in these projects are capacity building and trianing, road sector peformance assessment and the importance given to cross-cutting issues.

Implementation Support for the PNG Rural Bridges Project (2017-2019)

Papua New Guinea
European Investment Bank

The overall objective of the project is to develop a better connected, more efficient, and safer road network in rural areas of PNG, resulting in improved access to market and social services for the rural population of the country. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment is to support the EIB with the implementation of two packages of a large-scale investment program “Bridge Replacement for Improved Rural Access Project (BRIRAP)” initiated and co-financed by ADB.

Activities carried out by NTU include:

  • Support the Department of Works (DoW), the government’s implementing agency for infrastructure in PNG, to ensure that the project executing agency’s management capacities and facilities meet the EIB’s and ADB’s policies and procedures on technical, financial, social, and environmental aspects in the context of the borrowing country;
  • Assisting the EIB in achieving a timely and effective implementation of BRIRAP project, and risk assessment and monitoring of the project in close cooperation with the ADB;
  • Project management, including procurement supervision, tender dossier quality and compliance checking, and support during negotiation, contracts preparation and contract signature process;
  • Coordination between the DoW and works contractors and the supervision consultants contracted by DoW to perform regular progress monitoring of the project and ensure that works are performed in a technically sound manner and according to the required quality, schedule, and within budget;
  • Support with financial management of the program, financial control oversight and disbursement processing;
  • Environmental and social safeguards management, including the resettlement plan;
  • Road Safety management, including road accidents analysis, detailed design stage Road Safety Audit, review the Safe Traffic Control at Road Works Field Guide and conduct regular inspections and training sessions, review the procedures for Traffic Management Plans, and conduct formal Road Safety Audits before and after the completion of each relevant project component.

Expected Results:

Support provided by NTU will enable the PNG Department of Works to complete the BRIRAP project in a technically sound and timely manner and with enhanced road safety and social and environmental considerations, ensuring a better connected, more efficient, and safer road network in rural areas of the country.

Procurement Support for PNG Rural Bridges (2016-2017)

Papua New Guinea
European Investment Bank

The overall objective of the project is to develop a better connected, more efficient, and safer road network in rural areas of PNG, resulting in improved access to market and social services for the rural population of the country. The purpose of NTU’s assignment was to assist the Department of Works (DoW), the government’s implementing agency for Infrastructure, in ensuring timely completion of the procurement activities.

Specific activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Review, revision and completion of the tender dossier for civil works for Packages 3 and 4 of the Bridge Replacement for Improved Rural Access Project (BRIRAP)
  • Integration of the Road safety audit recommendations of the detailed design in the tender dossier;
  • Initiation and completion of prequalification of civil works bidders;
  • Completion of the tendering procedures for civil works and selection of contractors;
  • Preparation of the tender dossier for supervision;
  • Prequalification of bidders for supervision;
  • Initiation and completion of the tendering procedures for supervision and selection of the supervision engineer;

Achieved results:

Support provided by NTU enabled the PNG Department of Works to launch the BRIRAP project in a timely manner which once completed, will ensure a more efficient and safer road network in rural areas of the country.

Support to development of a programme for Small and Medium Enterprises in road maintenance in Mozambique (2015-2017)

Mozambique
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the PRODEPEMES-ESTRADA Programme, which the project is a part of, is to contribute to job creation and promotion and to an increased agriculture and fisheries production through improvement of the road network. NTU supported the National Authorising Officer (NAO) of the EDF and the National Road Administration (ANE) in achieving the specific objective of the project that was the development and implementation of a programme to support the governmental policies and actions for SME development in the road sector, including access to finance, equipment and markets.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Capacity building to Road sector authorities including the Ministry of Transport, Road Fund, ANE and Local Road Authorities in four provinces to establish an enabling regulatory environment and a participatory framework for effective development of Mozambican SME’s in the road sector programmes, particularly in rural areas
  • Developing and implementing a Training program targeting SMEs in road sector, consisting of two components: theoretical and practical training and coaching and mentoring
  • Training on technical Issues covering road construction and maintenance and road safety standards
  • Training of small and medium size construction companies on project management and business development issues such as: civil works organisation and planning, price estimation, participation in public procurement of maintenance works contracts, strategic business development, partnerships and strategic alliances, etc.
  • Support to standardisation of technical specifications of road maintenance works
  • Implementation of the Coaching program to assist the participating SMEs in different stages of implementation of selected works projects
  • Development of Diagnostic studies to support the SME with market relations including access to guarantees and finance as well as access to modern equipment and technology, and establishment of a virtual round table of road construction market with participation of financial institutions and equipment suppliers.
  • Establishment of a knowledge management system, comprising information on best practices, technical and commercial issues;
  • Development and implementation of a proactive communication and visibility plan.

Achieved Results:

NTU provided informed advice and support to SMEs to effectively participate in the road sector programmes and influence the governance of the sector, and established a knowledge management system for easy access to best practices, ensuring the sustainability of the results beyond the project life. Working together with national and local authorities and the private sector companies, sustainable conditions for road maintenance in rural areas was created, involving strengthening of the local construction industry, job creation and economic development.

Technical Assistance under the Malawi Road Transport Sector Policy Support Programme (2012-2017)

Malawi
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the programme was to improve the transport infrastructure and services, reduce transport costs and improve road safety thereby contributing to economic growth and poverty reduction in Malawi. The specific objective of the project was the development of sound transport strategies and programmes for effectively addressing the growth effects, which NTU provided support to the National Authorising Officer (NAO) Support Unit within the Debt and Aid Division of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport and Public Infrastructure, Policy and Planning Department.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Review of the existing transport sector indicators and establishment of a Performance Indicators and a Monitoring Framework for the transport sector in the Department of Policy and Planning, and strengthening of the Ministry’s capacities for sector wide monitoring and oversight of sub-sector agencies as well as coordination with the other ministries, such as the Ministry of Local Governments and Rural Development, Ministry of Finance, Ministry for Economic Planning and Development, etc.
  • Support to establishment of the Joint Transport Sector Review Mechanism, consisting of annual Joint Transport Sector Review meetings and Joint Technical Committee meetings, as the nodal point for SWAP and coordination in the sector and overall sector performance assessment and donor coordination
  • Assist with monitoring of the SPSP by the Department of Policy and Planning ensuring that the necessary information on compliance on general and specific conditions for disbursement of tranches and performance evaluation for the variable tranches, is made available in a timely fashion, and provided support with overall management of funds allocated to the transport sector and ensuring sound Public Finance Management (PFM);
  • Technical Assistance in specific areas targeted by the performance indicators established in Sector Budget Support agreement
  • Strengthening of the capacities of the national agencies in transport policy and strategy development, with particular focus on the need for inter-modal strategies;
  • Harmonisation of the legal framework and technical standards for boosting the development of the regional transport;
  • Support in developing a Transport Sector Investment Programme (TSIP) to achieve the optimum balance from the opportunities offered
  • Capacity Building and on-the-job training
  • Support with the establishment the Road Traffic Authority and enforcement of the Road traffic and safety regulations
  • Developing a comprehensive Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) study and support with the implementation of the agreed action plans to mitigate the adverse effects and optimize the positive effects on the environment of the road development and maintenance works foreseen in the Road Sector Programme and the TSIP.

Achieved Results:

Support provided by NTU contributed to strengthening the Malawi national authorities’ capacity to implement in timely fashion the current and future SPSP in the transport sector and ensuring sound financial management of the public and aid funds, crucial to further development of the transport sector and economic development of the country.

Technical Audit of the Rehabilitation of the Great East Road (T4) in Zambia (2013-2017)

Zambia
European Commission/EDF 

The overall objective of the Great East Road Rehabilitation Project was to support the development of the North-South and Nacala regional corridors in order to promote equitable economic growth and regional integration of Zambia. The specific objective of the project was the rehabilitation of Great East Road in line with the objectives of the Road Sector Investment Porgramme (ROADSIP II) of Zambia requiring the establishment of a safe and sustainable national core road network with improved traffic and road safety conditions, lower operating costs and time savings on the Great East Road (T4). The purpose of NTU’s assignment was to carry out periodic audits of the organizational, technical, contractual and financial aspects of the Great East Road Rehabilitation Project and make an independent assessment of the results achieved during the implementation of the EU financial package for the rehabilitation project.

Activities carried out by NTU included: 

  • Verifying the steady execution of the works foreseen in the project as well as the quality of the associated supervision;
  • Assessing the soundness of the works organisation;
  • Ensuring that the quality of the works carried out is in conformity with the works contracts' technical specifications and the best practice in the sector;
  • Conducting audit of materials testing and quality control on site including the adequacy of laboratory facilities and staff and carrying out random independent testing of samples obtained on site.
  • Checking the justification of the project expenditures in the project budget;
  • Ensuring the sound management of the project and that each party duly met its contractual obligations and mitigating the risk of claims, litigation and/or disputes;
  • Monitoring the implementation status of the project as to ensure completion within the budget allocation and the contractual period of performance.
  • Provision of factual reports including findings, assessments and recommendations.

Achieved results:

Through periodic audits, NTU ensured that the project was carried out in conformity with the applicable regulations and contractual conditions and specifications in relation to quality and timing for completion, thus contributing to the provision of a critical road infrastructure for regional transport corridors development and economic growth in Zambia.

Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Road Safety Action Programme in MENA Region (2015-2016)

Mediterranean Region
European Investment Bank

The overall objective of the programme was to contribute to the improvement of road safety in four MENA countries: Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia. The purpose of the NTU’s was to address a number of critical issues related to road safety at both regional and country levels, including deficiencies in road infrastructure; enforcement of the sector regulations; and sensitisation of road users and pedestrians.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Review of existing studies and data and organisation of four road safety seminars for Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia on Road Safety issues
  • Organisation and delivery of a 3-stage training course on road safety engineering and road safety audits and inspections for 63 technical staff from Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, incl. theoretical and practical training, workshops based on real case studies, and site visits.
  • Preparation and/or updating of 9 manuals/instructions/guidelines, such as:
    • Road Safety Audit manual (Morocco)
    • Road Safety Inspection manual (Morocco)
    • Instructions on the design characteristics of inter-urban roads (Morocco)
    • Manual for Safety Audit of Highways (Jordan)
    • Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (Jordan)
    • Manual on Traffic Control at Road Work Zones (Jordan)
    • Road design standards to conform to the International road safety requirements (Egypt)
    • Guidelines for the National Road Safety Institute (Egypt)
    • Guidelines for Road Safety Impact Assessments (Egypt)
  • Support for the development of a specific Road Management System (RMS) integrating road safety aspects (Egypt), including:
  • Assessment of the existing road management system
  • Guidelines of a sustainable road asset management architecture
  • Training of trainers on road asset management architecture
  • Terms of reference for the procurement of a road asset management system software

Achieved results:

NTU contributed to strengthening the capacity of the road safety sector institutions and upgrading of country regulations and standards on the road safety, being these critical for the improvement of road safety in MENA region.

Capacity Building to The Zambian Road Transport Sector (2014-2016)

Zambia
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the EU Sector Policy Support Programme (SPSP Road Transport II), which the project is a part of, was to contribute to the promotion of equitable economic growth, poverty reduction and the enhancement of food security. The specific objective of the project was to support Zambia’s Road Sector Investment Programme (ROADSIP II) to achieve a safe and maintainable core road network and improve accessibility, mobility and connectivity at district, provincial and national level and promote basic access and regional integration for people and goods. The purpose of the Technical Assistance provided by NTU was to support the National Authorising Officer (NAO) of the EDF at the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Transport, Works, Supply and Communications to successfully implement the SPSP Road Transport II through development and implementation of a Capacity Building Programme for the transport sector institutions at central and regional level including the enhancement of the management and financing capacities of the Road Development Agency (RDA) and the National Road Fund Agency (NRFA) for the trunk, main and district road network and the Local Road Authorities (LRA) and district/municipal councils for the rural road network (feeder roads) as well as the National Construction Council (NCC) and Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA).

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Identification of institutional capacity needs and preparation of a Capacity Building Programme accompanied by the Programme Estimates and management of the programme estimates in accordance with the EDF procedures;
  • Implementation of the Capacity Building Programme including target support, coaching and mentoring as well as a training programme and numerous workshops and study visits covering several focus areas, as below:
  • Support and advice for preparation of an Integrated 10-Year Road Sector Investment Programme;
  • Review and recommendations for improvement of the Sector Annual Work Plan, and the strategy for adoption and dissemination;
  • Support for the preparation of the Road Sector M&E Guidelines including key performance indicators for measuring the progress towards goals achievements;
  • Development of a Manual for handling the environmental, climate change, gender streamlining and HIV/AIDS issues;
  • Review of the National Road Safety Policy & Strategy, the National Traffic Management Guide and the National Guidelines for Road Traffic Signing;
  • Support for the review or preparation of the Manual on Road Asset Management System and the Practical Handbook on axle-load control and weigh-bridges;
  • Preparation of Road Passenger Transport Regulations, Guidelines for Service contracts for Regular Passenger Services, Guidelines Driver Authorities General, Guidelines Bus Operator Accreditation Package, Guidelines for Bus Driver Authorisation, and Guidelines for the introduction of Authorised Taxi Networks;
  • Development of a Local Road Authority Procedures Manual, including training and dissemination of Procedures Manuals and Checklists for Project Planning, Design, Implementation and Closure, Community based project implementation methodology developed under the Community Access Improvement Programme (CAIP), and a comprehensive set of guidelines regarding cross-cutting and environmental issues, specific to rural projects;
  • Improving the understanding and the use of OPRC (Output and Performance based Road Contracts) for secondary and rural roads maintenance by Local Road Authorities, including technical assistance, specific training and support;
  • Training and coaching of Local Road Authorities in quality assurance of rural road construction projects, including drainage design, materials testing and field based testing.
  • Updating of the National Road Sector Construction Policy and Strategy, including strategic directions on green and climate resilient construction;
  • Support for the preparation of the National Road Construction Sector Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) Code of Practice;
  • Promotion of the local construction industry and preparation of construction management training material and business management training manual to be used by professional training institutions.

Achieved Results:

The support provided by NTU was pivotal for strengthening the institutional capacity of sector agencies to successfully implement the government’s investment programmes in the road sector as well as for effective management of EU Sector Budget Support and other donors’ funds.

Road Safety Audits of the ECOSO Motorway and the Tunis Bypass in Tunisia (2014-2015)

Tunisia
European Investment Bank

The overall objective of the projects is to further develop the transportation network of Tunisia, thus strengthening the accessibility of regional poles and logistics centers, and improve the links with rapidly growing Tunis metropolitan area thus improving the Capital traffic management for the medium-long distance transits, decongesting the city center and balancing the load on the road network. NTU supported the achievement of the specific objective of the project that was enhancement of the road safety in Tunisia, especially the visibility requirements from the earliest stages of the project design and implementation.

The NTU assignment consisted of performing two Road Safety Audits according to the principles outlined in Directive 2008/96/EC Road Infrastructure Safety Management on the ECOSO Motorway (approximately 116 km and 7 interchanges) and the Tunis Bypass (approximately 87 km and 11 interchanges)

Specific activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Collection and review of relevant road design drawings and documentation for the two projects;
  • Conducting inspections on the existing road in the corridor to collect information on the road and traffic environment, and identification of potential safety issues that need to be considered in the design;
  • Organisation of coordination meetings with the road authority and design team to verify the identified road safety problems and problematic road design features posing a risk to road users;
  • Recommendations on cost effective road safety solutions to be integrated in the design;
  • Preparation of a road safety audit report for each project;
  • Development of proposals for awareness raising in road safety

Achieved Results:

The safety recommendations made by NTU supported the improvement of the projects’ designs which once implemented, will contribute to reduce the identified risks and enhance the road users’ safety.

Final evaluation of the project “Mandela Road Rehabilitation” in Tanzania (2013)

Tanzania
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the project was to maintain conducive conditions for trade and economic growth in Tanzania and cohesion with its neighboring countries served by the Central Corridor. NTU contributed to the achievement of the specific objective of the project that was the rehabilitation of the existing main carriageway and service roads within the required standards thus preventing cost increases by timely maintenance intervention. 

The purpose of the NTU assignment was to carry out an overall assessment of the project including:

  • Assessing the project’s achievements as compared to the set objective and expected results;
  • Identifying activities to be explicitly addressed in the future similar programmes, as well as incoherent activities to be revised in the future programmes;
  • Assessing the extent to which the responsibilities and the respective capacities of the involved institutions were clear;
  • Analyzing the participation of foreign/local contractors and consultants and recommendations on how this could be improved in the future projects.

Achieved Results:

The assessment and recommendations made by NTU contributed to improving the formulation of future projects allowing a reduction of the overall maintenance backlog and improving the road conditions in Tanzania’s road network.

Technical Assistance for Weight and Dimension Control of commercial vehicles (2012-2013)

Turkey
European Commission

The overall objective of the project was to increase road and traffic safety and decrease the environmental pollution in Turkey and improve the physical conditions of roads while diminishing the cost of road maintenance. NTU supported the Turkish Authorities in achieving the specific objective of the project that was to ensure the effective implementation of the vehicle weigh stations on the control of weight and dimension of trucks set up according to the EC Directive 96/53 and 2002/7.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Strengthening the Institutional Capacity of the Ministry of Transport, regional offices and other authorities involved in control and inspection of weight and dimension of commercial vehicles;
  • Improvement of the coordination among ministries and relevant component authorities;
  • Implementation of the preventive measures in order to reduce negative effects caused by vehicle overloading on road safety, environment and the country’s economy;
  • Improvement of the personnel’s skills and capacity by conducting a number of training courses and study tours to relevant EU countries and internal workshops to ensure better cooperation and coordination;
  • Conducting a number of awareness campaigns to change attitude and behavior of the road users and stakeholders;
  • Transfer of best practices.

Achieved results:

The technical assistance and capacity strengthening support provided by NTU served to establish effective conditions for the Turkish authorities to further progress their ambitious programmes on the improvement of the road and traffic safety, physical conditions of roads and decreasing of the environmental pollution.

Technical audit to be performed during implementation of spot improvement works under the Rural Feeder Road Programme in Malawi (2011-2012) 

Malawi
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the programme was to improve access of the rural population to socio-economic services by rehabilitating and maintaining rural feeder roads and bridges, thus reducing poverty in line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy. The specific objective of the project of spot improvement works was to improve access of rural populations through rehabilitation and maintenance of rural feeder roads and generate employment opportunities and transfer of skills. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to carry out a technical assessment of the works/services carried out by the 6 contractors in charge of the works and the consultant in charge of the associated supervision, with regard to the organisational, technical, contractual and financial aspects of the implementation of the project.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Ensuring the steady execution of the works carried out under the projects as well as the quality of the supervision services;
  • Assessing the soundness of the organisation of the works, including gender issues, environment protection, security and safety management, workers’ welfare (HIV/AIDS);
  • Assessing whether the quality of the works carried out is in conformity with the contracts Technical Specifications and in accordance with the best practice in the sector;
  • Verifying whether the project expenditures are justified and were foreseen in the project budget;
  • Assessing the soundness of the overall management of the project to ensure that each party duly meets its contractual obligations and to mitigate the risk of claims, litigation and/or disputes;
  • Ensuring the project is implemented within budget allocation and completed within the contractual period of performance;
  • Provision of the technical audit factual report including findings and recommendations.

Achieved Results:

The feasibility study undertaken produced a number of recommendations relating to both the policy and the process of instigating the Rural Feeder Roads Programme, as well as capacity building ensuring the long-term sustainability of the project.

Technical Audit of the Masiaka-Bo and Freetown-Conakry Road Construction Projects in Sierra Leone and Guinea (2010-2012)

Sierra Leone
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the projects was top contribute to the development of regional infrastructure and improving access of citizens to services and markets, generating employment, and boosting the livelihoods and trade between Sierra Leone and Guinea. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to make an assessment of the technical aspects and the results achieved during the implementation of the projects and to provide the National Authorising Officer, the Governmental Authorities and the European Commission with recommendations to remedy errors that could have occurred or which could lead to improvements in implementation and results of the projects.

NTU carried out the following activities:

  • A first mid-term mission to check the technical and contractual quality of the works under way and to propose measures to improve them with a view to avoid delays and to reduce the risk of disputes
  • Review of existing designs and contribution to the production of a “best fit” road design to asphalt standard in order to minimise the total project cost while meeting all the technical requirements of modern rural highway design (ECOWAS standard)
  • Emitting updated detailed Bills of Quantities for the remaining works to complete the highway to asphalt standard;
  • Making an accurate profile of the horizontal and vertical alignments of the complete project route, and the production of accurate cross-sections for the computation of the volumes of earth work involved in the project.
  • A second and final mission to ensure that the quantities and quality of works actually provided were consistent with those contractually due and provisionally paid for.
  • Provision of audit factual reports including findings and recommendations. 

Achieved Results:

The technical audit assessment and recommendations made by NTU contributed to the completion of the projects according to the required specifications and quality standards as well as ensured sound management of EU funds, thus also improving the implementation of future projects and development of the road corridors in the region.

Technical Audit of the EDF funded Road Project “MCHINJI-KAWERE Road” in Malawi (2010-2011)

Malawi
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to poverty reduction and boosting the performance of the country economy through enhanced national and regional transport interconnections. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to provide expert advice to the National Authorities and the European Commission on the adequacy, technical soundness and cost efficiency of the project design and the works compliance with the related contract and the conformity of the works supervision with the supervision contract.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Ensuring conformity of the contracts signed and any other document included in the tender for works and supervision with the financing agreement
  • Checking the adequacy, technical soundness and cost efficiency of the road project design
  • Checking the proper organization of the site and compliance with the contractual rules and with best practice in the road construction sector;
  • Ensuring regular progress of the works executed under the road projects;
  • Verifying the technical quality of the outputs in relation to the expenditure made;
  • Assessing the soundness and/or disputes, and checking that each party duly meets its obligations.

Achieved Results:

The technical audit assessment and recommendations made by NTU supported the National Authorities and the European Commission to complete the upgrading of the Mchinji Kawere road to the required quality and in timely manner, which brought significant improvements into the national and regional transport network.

Improvement of Road Safety in Cyprus (2009-2011)

Cyprus
European Commission
 

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to the improvement of road traffic safety in Cyprus. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment was to support the local authorities in upgrading, implementing and managing a reformed system for granting driving licenses, in line with the requirements of the relevant EU standards.

Specific activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Preparation of a strategy for developing a revised licensing system and implementing the changes necessary for its operation;
  • Support with updating the legal and regulatory framework for the implementation of the revised licensing procedures;
  • Technical assistance to the licensing administration for implementation of an appropriate system for driving licenses
  • Development of the new driving license test, study guides and driver education training handbooks;
  • Support for establishing adequate competences for carrying out driver’s testing according to the new procedures and training of driver’s license testing personnel;
  • Defining the staff requirements for the driving license training centres, skills and trainings needs;
  • Launch and support of new licensing facilities.

Achieved Results:

NTU contributed to shape a new system for granting driving licenses and managing the driving testing centres which gave a crucial contribution for the improvement of road safety in Cyprus. 

Integration of Institutional Strengthening and Sustainable Road Maintenance Aspects in the Project Fiche for the Construction of the Road RN 19 Cankuzo – Muyinga in Burundi (2010)

Burundi
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the project was to contribute to development of the  road network, generating employment for the poor, and improving institutional capacity in the road sector. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment was to identify technical assistance needs and propose measures for institutional support to be included in the Project Action Fiche, and to support ongoing initiatives for building sustainable road maintenance capacity and significantly improve the governance of the road sector in Burundi.

The specific activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Review of the situation in the sector and identify structural problems and propose solutions;
  • Examination of sectoral policies and strategies, legal texts and legislative procedures, procurement systems, organizational charts, functions, roles and prerogatives;
  • Evaluation of the current system of road maintenance;
  • Analysis of the mechanisms of quality control and cost control of maintenance;
  • Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the current functioning of the National Road Fund;
  • Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of the current functioning of the Road Agency and the Board of Municipal Technical Services;
  • Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of contracting SMEs ensuring the maintenance of roads;
  • Evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of other stakeholders in the road sector;
  • Making an inventory on other cross-cutting issues and proposing, where appropriate, improvements;
  • Formulation of proposals for solutions and recommendations for actions for. strengthening the road maintenance capacities of sector institutions and Improving governance in road sector;
  • Formulation of a short and medium term road sector strategy.

Achieved Results:

The formulation study carried out by NTU allowed development and implementation of a large investment project integrating improvements in the institutional capacity and functioning of the institutions in charge of road sector and the development a new framework that laid the basis for sustainable road maintenance in Burundi.

Technical Assistance to the Feeder Roads Department of Roads Authority of Sierra Leone (2008-2010)

Sierra Leone
European Commission/EDF
 

The overall objective of the project was the improvement of economic and social development in rural areas, through the improvement of the feeder road network in four districts (Kenema, Kambia, Port Loko, Pujehun). The specific objective was to support Roads Authority for completing the rehabilitation works in feeder road network. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment was to provide support to the technical staff of the Feeder Roads Department to carry out the supervision and contract management for the rehabilitation of 650 km feeder roads in four districts.

Specific activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Monitoring of the supervision of the advancement and of the quality of the works;
  • Verification of the certification of payment requests of the eight works contractors and the four consultants for the supervision of the works;
  • Assistance in organising and participating in field visits and regular technical meetings with the consultants and contractors;
  • Advices on the drawing up of letters to the contractors, administrative orders, addenda to the contracts and other contractual documents;
  • Assistance in the management of the PIU programme estimate;
  • Coordination of the mapping of the feeder roads in the project with GPS.

Achieved Results:

The support provided by NTU to the Sierra Leone Roads Authority was crucial for the timely completion of the ambitious Feeder Roads Rehabilitation Project undertaken by the Government, allowing significant improvements of the socio-economic conditions in the rural areas.

Feasibility Study for Developing a Sector Budget Support Component under the Road Sector Policy Support Programme of Uganda (2008)

Uganda
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the reduction of poverty and to the achievement of significant progress towards the MDGs as set out in Uganda’s forthcoming National Development Plan. The purpose of NTU’s assignment was to provide the Government of Uganda, the EU Delegation, and other development partners with sufficient analysis and information to determine whether it is relevant, feasible and sustainable to support the road sector with a Sector Budget Support Component under the SPSP for the road sector, and eventually design the SBS to fit within the deliverables and implementation modalities of the ongoing capacity development and institutional strengthening efforts.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Analysing and determining the relevance, feasibility and sustainability of supporting the Ugandan road sector;
  • Assessment of the 7 key areas, objectives of the SPSP, expected results and implementation modalities
  • Design of the SPSP, including the capacity development and institutional strengthening component (e.g. detailed cost estimates, project plans, objectives, outputs, timing, as well as detailed Terms of Reference and tender documents);
  • Defining the objectives of the SBS, expected results and choice of implementation modalities;
  • Preparing a detailed design of the SBS in light of the objectives and chosen implementation modalities and based upon the sector programme action plan established by Government;
  • Drafting the corresponding financing documents as a basis for the financing and implementation of the proposed programme.

Achieved Results:

The study carried out by NTU provided the European Commission and the Ugandan Government with a well formulated SPSP for the Road Sector and SBS financing proposal that allowed  effective implementation of a large investment programmes supporting the development of the road network and socio-economic development of Uganda.

Technical Audit of EU Funded Projects Under Sector Budget Support to the National Road Fund Agency and the Road Development Agency of Zambia (2007-2008) 

Zambia
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the projects funded by the EU under the Sector Budget Support for the Road Sector was to contribute to economic growth and poverty reduction in Zambia through the development and maintenance of the country roads network supporting trade and economic growth. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to undertake a technical audit of contracts financed by the EDF funds allocated through Sector Budget Support to the Programme of Periodic Maintenance of Trunk, Main and District Roads (TMD) in Zambia.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Technical Audit of Procurement of Contracts to verify whether the procurement of works contracts was carried out in accordance with the internationally accepted standards, ensuring transparency in the procurement process.
  • Checking of the adequacy of bidding documents and examining whether the public opening of bids was timely and recorded, and checking that proper pre-contract negotiations took place with the recommended bidder.
  • Technical Audit of Civil Works to verify whether the quality of works was acceptable and in accordance with the contract requirements, and if value for money was received, as well as checking payments were made in line with the rules stipulated in the contract, and in accordance with the supporting documentation provided.
  • Carrying out physical inspection of the works and also the regional offices of the Road Development Agency (RDA) and its Headquarters where financial documentation was kept.

Achieved Results:

The technical audit assessment and recommendations made by NTU contributed to completion of the projects according to the required specifications and quality standards as well as ensured sound management of EU funds, thus also improving the implementation of future projects and the maintenance and conditions of the road network of Zambia.

Final Review Evaluation of the Rehabilitation of Mwanza Roads Project in Tanzania (2007-2008)

Tanzania
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the project was the development of efficient transport systems supported by well-maintained infrastructure as an increasingly important element in the Government's poverty reduction strategy. The specific objective of the project was to improve the road conditions and stimulating economic activity in the Mwanza district through rehabilitation works and improved roads maintenance capacity of the Mwanza Municipal Council. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to carry out an overall evaluation of the project in accordance with OECD DAC criteria: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability and impact.

In particular, the project performance assessment made by NTU included the following elements:

  • Assessment of the project’s achievements compared to the set objective and expected results;
  • Efficiency in the execution of the project activities and recommendations on revisions that may be needed in future similar programmes;
  • Assessment as to whether responsibilities and respective capacities in the involved institutions were clearly defined and executed
  • Assessment of role and effectiveness of the technical assistance in terms of building maintenance capacity;
  • Role of contractors and consultants, and recommendations on how this could be improved in future projects.
  • Assessment of the results of the training of municipality staff and small contractors
  • Assessment of the improvements achieved in road safety in the area as well as social and environmental matters

Achieved Results:

The findings and recommendations of the evaluation study completed by NTU contributed to the enhancement of quality and effectiveness of future planned road projects which has brought in improvements of road maintenance capacity and road safety in the area.

Mid-Term Evaluation of the District Roads Re-Gravelling Project in Uganda (2007-2008)

Uganda
European Commission/EDF
 

The overall objective of the project was the promotion of an efficient and effective transport infrastructure as a means of supporting increased agricultural and industrial production, promoting trade and tourism, and enhancing social and administrative services. The specific objective of the project was the completion of a District Roads Re-gravelling Programme (DRRP)  in order to improve the district roads conditions and facilitate the movement of people and goods.  The purpose of the NTU assignment was to provide the European Commission and the Government of Uganda with an assessment of the achievements of the DRRP I and to make recommendations on actions that should be undertaken to ensure that the project objective was achieved and the results sustained.

Activities, carried out by NTU, included assessment of following elements of the programme:

  • Planning and design phase of the DRRP I under the PMA and thereby the relevance of the programme;
  • Preparatory activities undertaken by which actors, and the extent of the involvement of the beneficiaries and other stakeholders between the Identification Phase and the start of the project;
  • Coherence of the project set-up as can be discerned from the analysis of the preparation and design phase;
  • Overall performance of the project in fulfilling the objectives as stated in the Channeling Agreement;
  • Constraints to ensure the effective implementation of this programme;
  • Capacity of the relevant Government institutions to efficiently and effectively manage a programme of this nature;
  • Policy, organisational and operational lessons to be drawn specifically in relation to the project;
  • Recommendations in relation to the implementation of the ongoing DRRP I to ensure the achievement of the project purpose and results;
  • Recommendations for future support to rural/district roads to ensure successful implementation of EDF financed projects;
  • Recommendations in relation to the institutional arrangements concerned rural/district roads maintenance in Uganda.

Achieved Results:

The findings and recommendations made by NTU were critical for improvement of key aspects of the programme which completion brought significant improvements to the road infrastructure of Uganda.

Technical Assistance to Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU) – Review and Update of the Works and Supervision Tender Dossiers for the Northern Corridor Route Kampala to Katuna in Uganda (2006-2008)

Uganda
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the project was to promote increased trade flows and regional economic integration through the improvement of the regional transport corridors infrastructure and services. The specific objective of the project was the construction of the Northern Corridor Route Kampala to Katuna to the highest quality standards thus developing efficient road transport links in the region to support trade and growth.  The purpose of the NTU assignment was to upgrade the tender dossier contract documentation package to a standard ensuring value for money and also bringing the overall documentation up-to-date with respect to current Government of Uganda and funding agency standards.

Specific activities carried out by NTU comprised:

  • A thorough review of the completed design study and contract documentation;
  • Review and reporting on the adequacy and completeness of the supervision of works, tender dossiers, including working drawings;
  • Amendments and updates to the tender dossiers in relation to the project design and complete works tender documentation and drawings
  • Incorporation of the EDF 9 rules and regulations into both the supervision and works tender documentation.
  • Provision of a revised Engineer’s Estimate and timeframe for construction of the works.

Achieved Results:

The design and contract documents package finalised by NTU enabled a successful completion of the construction works of the Kampala to Katuna road project which contributed to enhancing the trade flows and economic integration of the whole region.

Feasibility Study and Preparation of Financial Proposal for a Rural Feeder Roads Programme (2006 – 2008)

Malawi
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the Rural Feeder Roads Programme was to contribute to poverty alleviation by improving the quality of access to rural communities and areas of strategic economic and/or social importance of the country. The specific objective of the project was rapid improvement of all country roads and further upgrading of main roads. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment was to support the formulation of the Rural Feeder Roads Programme to enable the envisaged improvements in the country’s road network.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Consulting with the various stakeholders (MoTPW, MLG, NRA, DA’s, Ministry of Economic Planning and Development (MEP&D), and Ministry of Finance (MoF)) to establish perceived needs and priorities to confirm the relevance of the Feeder Road Concept.
  • Making use of the available data for the road network, held by NRA and MLG, identify the group of roads eligible for the programme (roads that serve an important ‘feeder’ role).
  • Carrying out financial and economic analyses for different intervention options, taking full account of social criteria, agricultural potential and importance, and using appropriate techniques e.g. HDM, RED or other.
  • Making a prioritisation of road rehabilitation and maintenance interventions needed on rural secondary, tertiary and district feeder roads, based on economic and social criteria;
  • Recommending a prioritised list of roads for maintenance or improvement with costing and timetable suitable for implementation under the Rural Feeder Roads Programme.
  • Designing a capacity building programme to strengthen the capability of District Assemblies and Local Road Agency to manage the maintenance of roads under DA jurisdiction.
  • Preparing a logical framework for the Rural Feeder Roads programme according to the requirements of the EuropeAid Project Cycle Management Guide.
  • Preparing a draft Financing Proposal based on the logical framework and following the format for 9th EDF programmes.

Achieved Results:

The feasibility study prepared by NTU allowed financing and implementation of a quality road investment programme which contributed to the rehabilitation and sustainable maintenance of rural feeder roads in Malawi as well as to designing and implementing a capacity-building programme that enhanced the ability of district road agencies to adequately manage the maintenance of road network under their jurisdictions.

Technical Assistance for the implementation of the Backlog Roads Maintenance Programme (BRMP) In Uganda (2006-2008)

Uganda
European Commission/EDF

Building on the overall objective of the Uganda’s Road Sector Development Programme (RSDP) that was to ensure the sustainable development and maintenance of the country’s national road network, the objective of the Backlog Roads Maintenance Programme (BRMP) was to improve riding conditions and extend the serviceability of the pavements on the project roads which totalled about 500km of deteriorating paved roads in Uganda. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to review the preliminary engineering design of the ‘Paved National Roads Backlog Maintenance Project’ and the associated tender dossiers; carry out Detailed Engineering Design of the maintenance works for the BRMP under the agreed scope and budget, prepare the revised Tender Dossiers according to 9th EDF procedures, and assist the Road Agency Formation Unit (RAFU) in the tendering process under the project.

Specific activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Collecting data necessary for determining the functional (ride quality) and structural integrity of the road pavements (visual condition surveys, roughness surveys, dynamic cone penetrometer tests, etc);
  • Analysis of the present road conditions and identification of required maintenance interventions taking into account the Preliminary Engineering Design Report;
  • Reviewing and updating the Preliminary Engineering Design to Detailed Engineering Design Report and Works Tender Documents to comply with 9th EDF procedures/regulations, and update the Bills of Quantities;
  • Preparing Tender Dossiers under the 9th EDF regulations and procedures for the supply of road condition monitoring equipment and software;
  • Reviewing and updating the existing detailed engineering design for a weighbridge along Malaba – Jinja road and customising this design for one other location on the national road network to be identified by the RAFU/UNRA/MoWT;
  • Assisting in pre-contract activities (preparation of bid notices, minutes of pre-tender meetings, evaluation of bids, award of civil works contracts, award of supply of goods contract, contract agreements, etc.).

Achieved Results:

The design and contract documents package prepared by NTU enabled a successful completion of works under the Backlog Roads Maintenance Programme which ensured sustainable development and maintenance of the Uganda’s national road network for many years after the project.

Final Review Evaluation of Ruvuma and Southern Iringa Road Maintenance (RUSIRM) Programme in Tanzania (2006-2008)

Tanzania
European Commission/EDF
 

The overall objective of the programme was to promote economic growth and better living conditions for people in the programme area by bringing about a sustainable improvement in the condition of transport infrastructure. The specific objective of the project was to reduce transport costs and improve general accessibility within the programme area. The purpose of the NTU assignment was to carry out an evaluation of the programme according to the OECD DAC criteria: relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact.

Specific activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Assessment of the project’s achievements compared to the set objective and expected results;
  • Efficiency in the execution of the project activities and recommendations on revisions that may be needed in future similar programmes;
  • Assessment of role and effectiveness of the programme in terms of building maintenance capacity;
  • Role of contractors and consultants, and recommendations on how this could be improved in future projects.

Achieved Results:

The findings and recommendations of the evaluation study completed by NTU contributed to the enhancement of quality and effectiveness of future planned maintenance programmes which contributed to sustainable development of the road network and decreasing of the transport costs for the users.

Feasibilty Study of the PROROUTES Project in DRC (2007)

Democratic Republic of Congo
European Commission/EDF

The overall objective of the High-Priority Roads Reopening and Maintenance (Pro-Routes) Project is to re-establish lasting access between provincial capitals and districts and territories in three provinces in a way that is sustainable for people and the natural environment in the area of influence of the project. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment was to assess the economic interest of the PROROUTES Project on the primary axes of the base network, which would be reopened, and to determine the economic feasibility for the planned level of service.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Carried out an thorough review of data and information available in particular relating to the traffic flows and freight transported by road, river, railway and air between the various Congolese provinces;
  • Technical assessment of the primary axes of the base network covered by the project: Kisangani - Gemena road (connection Eastern Province - Ecuador) via Businga and Akula: 1366 km in total, and Bridge Loange - Kananga (Bandundu connection - Western Kasaï - Eastern Kasaï): 418 km in total;
  • Carried out traffic studies based on the existing and projected traffic of goods and passengers.
  • Estimation of the economic advantages of the project and the corresponding economic rate of return, according to the various growth scenarios for the country and the concerned provinces;
  • Assessed the project impacts on the traffic of the concerned road axes in addition to the impacts on the traffic of related road axes and the river transport as well as the environmental impact of the project.

Achieved Results:

The study performed by NTU provided the economic justification and foundations for the completion of the project which significantly improved the transport network and interconnections between the concerned provinces and contributed to increasing the trade flows between provinces and the overall socio-economic development of the area.

Programme for Enabling Economic Corridors through Sustainable Transport Sector Development – Road Safety Component (2016-2019)

Pakistan
Asian Development Bank

The overall objective of the programme is to support the Government of Pakistan with achievement of one of seven pillars of the national strategy (Pakistan Vision 2025) that is the modernization of transport infrastructure and greater regional connectivity. The specific objective of the Technical Assistance, provided by NTU, is to improve the safety of the road network in Pakistan in order to materially achieve a reduction in the number of fatalities and casualties.

The purpose of the TA project is to ensure that the national road safety program is effectively implemented by 2020, including a number of countermeasures and interventions on the following areas:  (i) Improving road safety management systems; (ii) Improving the safety of the road network through measures addressing road user behaviour; (iii) Achieving improvements in road safety infrastructure and vehicle standards; (iv) Improving post-crash response.

Activities carried out by NTU includes:

  • Establishing a National Road Safety Authority for ensuring coordination of road safety in Pakistan
  • Support for the improvement of the draft national road safety action plan, accompanied by a crash database/road safety observatory
  • Support for conducting awareness-raising campaigns in road safety
  • Design and delivery of comprehensive training courses to government authorities on various aspects of road safety
  • Developing new road standards including enhanced safety standards for all classes of roads and pilot them in three locations
  • Developing national guidelines on driver licenses
  • Developing national guidelines on vehicle licenses
  • Developing national guidelines on post-crash response

Achieved results:

The technical assistance that NTU is providing to the Government of Pakistan is pivotal for increasing road safety standards at national level in order to achieve the reduction of the forecasted level of road fatalities and improve the quality of life in Pakistan.

Preparation of Technical Requirements and Tender Dossier for Introduction and Development of Performance-Based Road Maintenance on Serbian National Road Network (2013-2014

Serbia
European Commission

The overall objective of the project was to achieve a more efficient management of public assets and a better use of the funds in the road sector. The specific objective of the project was to achieve savings in funds intended for road maintenance, while maintaining the road network at the same level of quality service. The purpose of the NTU’s assignment was to support with the development of modern road maintenance systems through Performance-Based Road Maintenance Contracts (PBC) for preservation of road assets and improved quality of road network.

Activities carried out by NTU included:

  • Preparation of a strategic plan for Performance-Based Road Maintenance of the national rod network
  • Preparation of standard tender and contract documents for PBC in road maintenance
  • Preparation of guidelines, manuals and rulebook for implementation
  • Collection and processing of all necessary data for 3,000km of road network and preparation of specific tender and contract documents;
  • Training of the staff of the PE "Roads of Serbia" on collecting, processing and presentation of data needed for preparation of tender documents and contract, but also for preparation of tender documents and procedure of bids evaluation.
  • Training of the staff of the PE "Roads of Serbia" on monitoring of the performance-based maintenance contracts through organization of workshops/seminars;
  • Training of the staff for use of  the Road Weather Information System (RWIS), from both the PBC Contractora and Network Manager, PE "Roads of Serbia") in relation to planning of resources, interpretation of data on type of intervention and calculation and payment of winter maintenance.

Achieved Results:

Support provided by NTU enabled the Serbian Roads Authority to enhance the effectiveness of public funds in the road sector through introduction of performance based contracts for maintaining the national road network, while ensuring the same level of quality service to the road users.