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Evaluating the regional impacts of Trans-European Transport Networks using a composite indicator: application of the SUMINI methodology

Thomopoulos, Nikolas, Grant-Muller, Susan and Tight, Miles R. (2012) Evaluating the regional impacts of Trans-European Transport Networks using a composite indicator: application of the SUMINI methodology. In: The Association of American Geographers 2012 Annual Meeting, 2012-02-24 - 2012-02-28, New York State, United States, USA.

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Among the main priorities of Trans-European Transport Networks (TEN-Ts) has been the "establishment and development of infrastructure making it possible to link island, landlocked, peripheral and outermost regions with the central regions of the European Community, as well as to promote the balanced development of the Community territory" (EC, 2002). Thus, it has been anticipated that by "completing the transport network will help generate economic growth, better connect peripheral regions and improve the quality of life of all European citizens" (EC, 2005). Interestingly, there have been only a few studies so far about the regional impacts of TEN-Ts and the deriving impact on regional inequalities, including environmental justice. Furthermore, there has been very limited attention so far on ex-post analysis of regional equity impacts of operational TEN-Ts. Therefore, this paper introduces an ex-post application of SUMINI, a methodology (Thomopoulos et al, 2009) based on a composite indicator (OECD-JRC, 2008), using data from two illustrative TEN-T case studies. Results point out that despite the anticipated improvements in accessibility and travel time reduction, inequalities between core and peripheral regions have increased for certain impacts. In conclusion, it is argued that TEN-Ts bring advantages to certain - mainly core – regions, fulfilling EC policy objectives. Nonetheless, attention has to be directed towards peripheral regions, either existing or newly created ones. Ex-post analysis of TEN-Ts through such methodologies may be a useful means to initiate more inclusive assessments of large transport infrastructure projects in the future both by academics and policy makers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Authors
Divisions: LSE Cities
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2014 15:53
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 11:07
Funders: Sponsored by Transportation Geography Specialty Group

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