Project: Assessing Social and Distributional Impacts in Transport Appraisal: Pilot Study

Reference: R240

Last update: 07/04/2010 10:16:13

Objectives

The objectives for this project are:
. To test the proposed methodologies set out in the previous research in a set of real life settings;
. To further refine, as necessary, which social and distributional impacts should in the first instance be taken into account in the development of transport scheme design and appraisal;
. To propose methodologies for how the selected social and distributional impacts can be best incorporated in the existing appraisal process, particularly the AST table;
. On the basis of this work, to produce WebTAG guidance on measuring social and distributional impacts; and
. 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 stage has:

. Piloted, tested and refined a detailed, yet proportionate, methodology for ensuring SDIs are encapsulated within appraisal analysis.

. Developed a set of new and refined WebTAG units for use by scheme promoters to identify and present SDIs within their analysis.

Contractor(s)

MVA Consultancy
Second Floor, 17 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1HU

Atkins Transport Planning
Woodcote Grove, Ashley Road, Surrey, KT18 5BW

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £369,811.00

Actual start date: 01 October 2008

Actual completion date: 30 January 2010

Publication(s)

Assessing Social and Distributional Impacts in Transport Scheme Appraisal and Evaluation Pilot Phase: Final Report
Author: Atkins Transport Planning
Publication date: 29/03/2010
Source: DfT Website
More information: http://www.dft.gov.uk/pgr/scienceresearch/social/transportschemeappraisal/pdf/report.pdf

Summary of results

  1. The final stage has:

    Piloted, tested and refined a detailed, yet proportionate, methodology for ensuring SDIs are encapsulated within appraisal analysis.
    Developed a set of new and refined WebTAG units for use by scheme promoters to identify and present SDIs within their analysis.
    In particular, the report presents the evidence underpinning the developed methodology and the findings of all work conducted to test and develop the final guidance.