Project: Assessing Social & Distributional Impacts in Transport Scheme Appraisal & Evaluation

Reference: R190

Last update: 28/07/2009 16:22:40

Objectives

To understand how to better take social and distributional impacts into account in the development of transport scheme design and appraisal

2. To examine how evidence from social research can best be integrated into appraisal so that it is given appropriate weight in decision-making; and

3. To identify the implications that any proposed approach/es, for better taking social and distributional impacts into account in appraisal, may have for subsequent post-implementation transport scheme evaluation .

Description

The research will be in two stages. The first stage of the project is an in-depth qualitaive study of transport officals and stakeholders to understand what the social impacts of transport schemes are. The second stage of the project is piloting of options for the inclusion of social and distributional impacts in transport scheme appraisal and evaluation.

Contractor(s)

W S Atkins & Partners (Birmingham)
Auchinleck House, Five Ways, Birmingham, B15 1DJ
0121 633 2560

University of the West of England
Faculty of the Built Environment, Frenchay Campus, Bristol, Avon, BS16 1QY
+44 (0)117 344 3126/3336

BMRB Social Research
Ealing Gateway , 26-30 Uxbridge Road, London, W5 2BP
020 8433 4061

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £208,678.00

Actual start date: 11 June 2007

Actual completion date: 01 November 2008

Publication(s)

Assessing Social and Distributional Impacts in Transport
Author: BMRB, UWE and Atkins
Publication date: 06/04/2009
Source: DfT Website
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/scienceresearch/social/socialdistributionalimpact/

Assessing Social and Distributional Impacts in Transport: Interim Report
Author: BMRB Social Research
Publication date: 06/04/2009
Source: Web
More information: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/scienceresearch/social/socialdistributionalimpact/sdi2.pdf

Assessing Social and Distributional Impacts in Transport: Final Report
Author: Atkins Transport Planning
Publication date: 06/04/2009
Source: DfT Website
More information: http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/+/http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/scienceresearch/social/socialdistributionalimpact/sdi3.pdf

Summary of results

  1. These three reports formed the first phase of work for this research programme. The objectives of this research programme are to enhance the Departments' understanding of the impact of transport provision, schemes, and policy on different social groups and areas, and the extent to which impacts are disproportionate for different groups and areas. Phase 1 has identified eight key social and distributional impacts and proposed methods for better incorporating them into the appraisal process.

    The three first phase reports set out:

    Stage 1: the rationale for identifying social and distributional impacts in transport schemes;
    Stage 2: transport providers and scheme promoters' views on appraisal;
    Stage 3: proposals for incorporating the key social and distributional impacts into appraisal