Reflecting on how social impacts are considered in transport infrastructure project planning: looking beyond the claimed success of Sydney's South West Rail Link

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

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Abstract

Urban rail transport megaprojects are promoted as generating positive social change at a metropolitan scale, yet they produce complex unplanned negative impacts at local scales. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and its follow-up help decision-makers assess and manage the social and environmental impacts of major projects. Using Western Sydney’s politically-successful South West Rail Link as an example, we identified the practice challenges and governance barriers to applying ESIA and EIA follow-up across spatial scales. These challenges and barriers influence the planning and management of the impacts of integrated urban development and transport infrastructure development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Volume38
Issue number3
Early online date23 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2020

Keywords

  • EIA follow-up
  • Social impact assessment
  • environmental impact assessment
  • integrated planning
  • transport infrastructure planning
  • urban planning

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