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Modelling of rural paths / ways

Rural paths / ways were initially considered out of the scope of the Transport networks data specification in the first drafts available. But this aspect was finally reconsidered in the final TN specification, allowing the modelling of such spatial objects in a generic way - The definition of the "RoadLink" feature type is open enough to take into account these spatial objects:

A linear spatial object that describes the geometry and connectivity of a road network between two points in the network. Road links can represent paths, bicycle roads, single carriageways, multiple carriageway roads and even fictitious trajectories across traffic squares.

The need to model them was confirmed at the beginning of the INSPIRE Annex II & III data specification development process, since rural paths constitute in most cases the only routes to access services in this geographic scope, e.g. energy resources and facilities.

However, it is not clear in the data specification how to characterize these spatial objects to differenciate them from other road link types:

  • As non-catalogued roads / paths (i.e. no code assigned), with access restrictions for certain types of vehicles ?
  • As non-paved roads / paths ?

The final solution should be consistent with the definition agreed for such rural paths / ways.