This title was first published in 2003. 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.
’...This second volume of TRANSTALK papers combines theoretical presentations of a range of approaches with empiral description of how they are being applied in a number of European countries and contexts...The TRANSTALK papers demonstrate the immense value of attempting to integrate the range of disparate disciplines to confront the real complexity of the transport appraisal process.’ Professor Kenneth Gwilliam, formerly Economic Advisor to the Transport Sector of The World Bank '...a clear and well-written documentation... With a focus on transport infrastructure development at a European level the book contains a wealth of information for practitioners, researchers and others involved in the important and now truly cross-disciplinary professional field of planning and appraising new transport infrastructure. The book should be read by anyone with an interest in European transport infrastructure planning and development.' Professor Steen Leleur, Technical University of Denmark 'This collection of papers, drawing from a range of European experts provides a sense of what has been going on and where we currently are. It is a timely contribution that will inevitably be informative for the practitioner and policy maker, and stimulating for the academic.' Professor Kenneth Button, George Mason University, Fairfax, USA 'Developing an efficient trans-European transport network will be an important task for the enlarged Europe. It will need a rigorous assessment of the many projects submitted to the funding authorities. The reader will find in this book a review of the methodologies available for such wide scope assessments. This book's substantial content and the quality of its contributors make it an important reference in this field.' Professor Michel Beuthe, Facultés Universitaires Catholiques de Mons (FUCAM), Belgium 'The book would be of particular interest to transport planning and transport engineering students, academics and practitioners with an inte