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Accessibility and Transport Appraisal Roundtable

Chair's Summary

Accessibility and Transport Appraisal Roundtable: Chair's Summary

Conventional transport appraisal methods focus on connectivity or mobility-based measures (travel time, safety). There are increasing calls from professionals for the broader objective of accessibility to be reflected in appraisals, however. Increasingly, national planning guidelines mention accessibility. Despite this, there is a lack of standard metrics for measuring accessibility or methods to link assessment results to transport system design.

The Roundtable's scope was to:

  • Clarify the roles of accessibility metrics in the planning, modelling and transport appraisal processes.
  • Explore approaches to monetising accessibility benefits.
  • Explore approaches to incorporating accessibility in transport appraisal (with and without monetised value of accessibility benefits), and wider public policy choice.

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