A study of the effect of the Lancashire-Yorkshire (M62) Motorway was initiated in late 1968 at Leeds University under the sponsorship of the Department of the Environment. This paper describes the background of the study and discusses some specific aspects of it. Inasmuch as the motorway is not yet fully open, the paper is an interim report. The main issues addressed are (a) whether there are indirect benefits of road investment that should be incorporated in appraisals, (b) what account should be taken of regional effects, and (c) the nature of and the allowance made for traffic that at present is not included except on an ad hoc basis. "Before" traffic and household surveys were carried out, and interim surveys were taken on newly completed sections. The relationship between transport costs and subregional employment growth has been analyzed. Interim results suggest that the M62 will cause marginal employment growth in Yorkshire and Lancashire. No empirical work has been done on the benefits, but theoretical examination suggests that existing procedures are not inappropriate. New traffic generation on the 27-mile trans-Pennine section is lower than expected. These interim results suggest that transport investment is not among the best regional policy tools for the United Kingdom and also that the current treatment of generated traffic by the Department of the Environment seems appropriate. Much analysis and further data collection still remain that may modify these interim conclusions.

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 73-84
  • Monograph Title: Social, economic, behavioral and urban growth considerations in planning
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  • Accession Number: 00081007
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0309023513
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Mar 26 1975 12:00AM