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Regular news: Issue 494 15 May 2008

Time saving benefits of transport schemes 'illusory' says academic

Hundreds of transport projects have been justified over the last 30 or more years on the basis of time savings that are illusory, one of the DfT's former chief scientists has claimed.

The journey time savings that new transport infrastructure delivers to travellers is the central justification for most transport infrastructure investment but, in the latest edition of the academic journal Transport Reviews, David Metz - the DfT's chief scientist between 1992 and 1997 - says that, in the long...

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