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The Economic Benefits of Improved Accessibility to Transport Systems: Roundtable Summary and Conclusions

This paper covers the key issues around the identification and estimation of economic benefits of improved accessibility to transport systems. Despite the increased codification of accessibility as a right in national and international laws, the lack of a common framework to value the importance of accessibility to a large proportion of people can act as a break on investment and regulatory decisions that promote better accessibility. Progress in this field can be promoted both by applying conventional transport analysis techniques to the estimation of accessibility benefits, and by strengthening cross-sector research efforts that capture the wide-ranging impacts of better accessibility.