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NHVR details upcoming changes to National Network Map

A truck drives on a road in Western Australia.

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has released a list of upcoming changes to its National Network Map launched in December last year.

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Announced via a press release at the start of April, over the next six months, road managers can expect:

  • A rollout of network management tools to all local governments, allowing self-service management of all local roads on each network,
  • A standardised conditions library, meaning each local council can accurately reflect its choices for network inclusion for all the roads in its area of responsibility, and
  • Adding to the number of available layers of data within the National Network Map, improving the management of intersections, bridges, and rail level crossings.

According to the press release from the regulator, all changes to maps involve specialist teams and email-based change requests.

“With the National Network Map, following completion of approval, updates are automatically included in network maps,” it said. “This means a richer set of information is displayed on the National Network Map to help plan safer journeys, including clear indication of railway crossings and traffic light intersections.”

Launched on December 20, 2023, the NHVR’s National Network Map allows heavy vehicle industry and road managers to see national road network information in one central location.

The maps are built on the recreation of each state’s jurisdictional maps into OpenStreetMap, enabling the NHVR to share mapping information and make road changes, allowing industry to “rely” on the accuracy of its data, according to the regulator.

Today, the map averages more than 370 daily users, with up to 800 daily users on weekdays.

According to the NHVR, the map is already proving to be a “useful resource” for heavy vehicle operators and drivers, and will improve for both industry and government over the coming months based on user feedback.


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