Transport policy initiatives and infrastructure investments are often controversial. They can affect voters in ways that have a very visible impact on their daily lives. Costs and benefits are often unevenly spread. The negative impacts of projects that benefit the overall population typically fall on a relatively small number of people that bear most of the cost. Suppliers of transport services often face the initial costs of policies to protect consumers and some face higher costs than others. Regions often vie with each other for major infrastructure investments. And where policies to protect health and the environment or cut death and injuries on the roads require behavioural change or the introduction of new charges or restrictions on the use of vehicles, individuals often find it difficult to equate the costs that they perceive directly with the benefits that are less immediately tangible. The success or otherwise of policy initiatives and proposals for major investments often depends on the effectiveness of procedures for consultation with the public and with key stakeholders.
This session will examine approaches to consultation on the basis of practical experience and consider four key questions:
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