Deciding What Transport is for: Connectivity and the Economy



The evaluation of transport projects rests on comparing the costs of investment with their benefits. How we describe these benefits therefore has a strong impact on whether investments are made. One approach is to use time savings, but this abstracts from trip generation and economic impacts, and leaves it hard to incorporate environmental constraints. This however is still a dominant methodology amongst transport analysts. This chapter will critically evaluate these methodologies and the impact they have had on the ability to consider transport projects, with particular reference to the UK.


Time Saving Consumer Surplus Broadband Access Digital Product Trip Generation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Volterra Consulting and Greater London AuthorityLondonUK

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