In association with ICCT Contemporary Trends in European Social Sciences.
The European Union is constantly struggling to find effective ways to plan major transport infrastructure developments at a European level. This is a critical factor in the emerging debates surrounding the absorption of the accession states into the EU, but it is essential for these states that their economic competitiveness is supported by appropriate and effective transport infrastructure. It is therefore crucial to find innovative approaches to the infrastructure itself, how it is financed and the ways in which proper evaluation procedures are implemented to select which policies, programmes and projects should be supported. This informative volume brings together leading international specialists in economic evaluation applied within the transport sector. Their contributions encompass all the main levels at which transport planning is typically conceptualized - strategic/regional policy, programme and project planning. It therefore examines how coherent economic evaluation practice can be developed and applied not only across different physical scales, but also across national borders.
The Role of EvaluationMackie and John Nellthorp; Strategic transport planning evaluation - the Scandinavian experience, Henning Lauridsen; Old myths and new realities of transport infrastructure assessment - implications for EU interventions in Central Europe, Deike Peters; Norwegian urban road tolling - what role for evaluation?, Odd I. Larsen. Technical Aspects of Evaluation: Spatial economic impacts of transport infrastructure investments, Jan Oosterhaven and Thijs Knaap; The economic development effects of transport investments, David Banister and Yossi Berechman; European versus national level evaluation - the case of the PBKAL high-speed rail project, Rana Roy; Welfare basis of evaluation, Marco Ponti; Conceptual foundations of cost-benefit analysis - a minimalist account, Robert Sugden. Evaluation in the Policy Process: Impact assessment of strategic road management and development plan of Finnish road administration, Eeva Linkama, Mervi Karhula, Seppo Lampinen and Anna Saarlo; Major infrastructure transport projects decision-making process - interactions between outputs and outcomes as a contemporary public action, Marianne Ollivier-Trigalo; Involving stakeholders in the evaluation of transport pricing, Jose M. Viegas and Rosario Macario; Accessibility analysis concepts and their application to transport policy, programme and project evaluation, Derek Halden; Strategic environmental assessment and its relationship to transportation projects, Paul Tomlinson and Chris Frey.