Many studies undertaken by consultants for new roads overseas are related to the development of agriculture or mineral extraction. Evaluation and route choice in these cases may be uncertain, but is at least susceptible to conventional cost-benefit analysis. In the Malaysian project described in this paper, the planning and social impacts were as sensitive as any similar situations in the UK. Whilst the Malaysian public do not get involved, representatives of their various ethnic and cultural backgrounds are active in influencing development projects. Given the multi-sector nature of the project, a method of route choice was required that would principally be an aid to the decision-makers, but would also be sufficiently flexible to accommodate conflicting local objectives. Aware of the common criticism that consultants too readily impose western ideas and techniques on developing countries, the author, as project manager for the study, nevertheless decided that the most appropriate method of route choice was what is in effect the UK Department of Transport's current recommendation for choosing between options for trunk road schemes. Despite many initial hardline opinions the recommended route became generally accepted in a remarkably short time - an indication of the correctness of the method in this particular case. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Accession Number: 00388945
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 30 1984 12:00AM