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Iain Docherty and Jon Shaw

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781447329558

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447329558.001.0001

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The gentle tyranny of cost–benefit analysis in transport appraisal

The gentle tyranny of cost–benefit analysis in transport appraisal

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Transport Matters

Robin Hickman

Policy Press

This chapter considers the application of cost-benefit analysis in the UK transport planning process, asking whether a reliance on narrow economic criteria, and a centralised decision-making process, helps us to progress sufficiently against wide-ranging sustainability goals. A case study of the proposed Merseytram is examined, a project that remains unimplemented from the early 2000s.

Keywords:   Cost-benefit analysis, Light rapid transit, Merseytram, Multi-criteria analysis, Multi-actor multi-criteria analysis, Sustainability, Transport

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