Limitations of technical approaches to transport planning practice in two cases

social issues as a critical component of urban projects

Lara K. Mottee*, Jos Arts, Frank Vanclay, Richard Howitt, Fiona Miller

*Corresponding author for this work

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Technical transport models are commonly relied upon in planning practice for the development of urban rail infrastructure projects. By considering the assessment and management of social impacts in the planning and decision-making of two rail megaprojects (the North-South Metro line in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the Parramatta Rail Link in Sydney, Australia), we found that technical approaches continued to overlook social impacts, and had an overemphasis on economic and engineering considerations. We conclude that good practice Social Impact Assessment (SIA) offers opportunities to better consider social issues as a critical component of transport projects.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-57
Number of pages19
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Issue number1
Early online date2 Dec 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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  • environmental impact assessment
  • megaprojects
  • social impact assessment
  • transport planning
  • urban geography
  • urban planning

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