This article discusses the attitudes of the British Government and various transport experts to the possibility of applying the "polluter pays principle" to plans for new road developments in the United Kindom. Some road planners and contractors argue that greater monetary and practical compensation should be paid, for properties that have to be demolished to make way for new roads and for houses seriously affected by them. The Government seems to have ruled out a radical change in its approach to compensation in the near future, but is currently considering how the polluter pays principle could be applied to scheme evaluation; here, environmental impacts would be shown clearly as economic costs in a scheme's cost-benefit analysis. Objections to this approach have been made by: (1) the amenity lobby, which considers that environmental impacts would be under priced; (2) practitioners, who say that it would be difficult, though not impossible, if a highly damaging impact were reflected by a high scheme cost. At a recent transport conference, one paper appeared to favour monetary evaluation, though cautiously, and another focused on the importance of local surveys and data, and stated the case for changing the present system. SACTRA, the Standing Advisory Committee on Trunk Road Assessment, is making its own appraisal of environmental assessments. (TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • Patten, R
  • Publication Date: 1990-11


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00617352
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM