Cost-benefit evaluation tools on the impacts of transport infrastructure projects on urban form and development

Ustaoğlu E., Williams B.

in: Smart Urban Development, Bobek,V., Editor, IntechOpen, London, pp.1489, 2019

  • Publication Type: Book Chapter / Chapter Research Book
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Publisher: IntechOpen
  • City: London
  • Page Numbers: pp.1489
  • Editors: Bobek,V., Editor
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


This study reviews literature for identifying the methods in order to evaluate the impacts of key transport infrastructure provisions on urban form and peri-urban development in European Union (EU) member countries. Key impacts and linkages of transportation provision on urban development trends are identified through the international literature. These include direct impacts of transportation infrastructure provision, socio-economic impacts, transportation network effects and energy and environmental impacts. Among the evaluation methodologies, cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is the most common approach for transport policy impact assessments both in the national project appraisal guidelines and in scientific analysis and research. Considering its extensive usage in the appraisal work, the main focus will be on the evaluation tools used within the CBA approach. The corresponding data requirements for the valuation of indicators will be also discussed in order to assess the impacts of costs and benefits of transport investments, particularly rapid rail investments, on urban form and development.