A detailed theoretical study, based on recent statistics, is made of the situation in Belgium. Many of the aspects discussed are of a general character and have a wider application. Firstly there is a need for an overall view of transport infrastructure making it possible to assess the capabilities of each transport mode, forecast future demands and estimate the potential for meeting these demands. The infrastructure charges should be allocated to the users of each mode in order to judge their socio-economic benefits, their cost effectiveness and equalise conditions of competition between modes. The author concludes that where large national options are concerned, the final choice of investments are political. Political choices cannot be completely incorporated in cost-benefit studies. However, choice can be improved by classifying projects in degrees of socio-economic utility. It is considered essential that all investment projects are instigated and managed by a single state body. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Railway Congress Association

    17-21 rue de Louvrain
    1000 Brussels,   Belgium 
  • Authors:
    • De Haeck, F
  • Publication Date: 1979-4

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  • Accession Number: 00302570
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 30 1981 12:00AM