The Challenge

Development of the implementation business case for funding safety improvements around six clusters of schools in the Auckland region.  The clusters were selected based on high numbers of fatal and serious injury crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists within the walking catchments of each cluster.  A group of schools is termed a cluster when there are synergies between the schools that allow them to be considered together.  Generally, the walking catchments of schools within a cluster overlap.  The estimated overall costs of the proposed safety improvement works was $5.074M.  Individual improvements are typically low cost measures aimed at aiding pedestrian crossing movements and slowing vehicles down. 

The Solution

The strategic fit, effectiveness and efficiency of the clusters as a whole was assessed for Auckland Transport.  The business case confirmed that all clusters meet the requirements for a ‘High’ strategic fit rating due to the potential to reduce the crash risk.  The ‘Effectiveness’ of the treatments in each cluster was assessed based on their ability to address the actual crash risk of each cluster using historic crash data for the periods 2004-2008 and 2009-2013.  Overall it was considered that effectiveness rating for all clusters was ‘Medium’.  The efficiency rating was based on the assessed benefit cost ratio (BCR) for the overall School Transport Programme.  As this exceeded 4 (the actual BCR value was 7), the overall programme was considered to have a ‘High’ efficiency rating.  A qualitative risk assessment was also undertaken.  This concluded that the assessed risks are not more than ‘moderate’, and can be effectively managed through the ongoing delivery of the programme.

The Outcome

It was considered that the proposed Safety Around Schools programme included in the business has a High-Medium-High (HMH) assessment profile which places it as Priority Order 2 for funding.