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Title: High speed rail comparative strategic assessments in EU member states

Abstract

This paper explores the role and capacity of strategic level assessments in addressing the strategic dimension of High Speed Rail (HSR) proposals and influencing decision-making processes. The overall research objective was to find out to what extent opportunities for strategic thinking are being undertaken in HSR. Three different cases of high speed rail were compared – High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) in the UK, High Speed Rail Network (RFAV) in Portugal and European Gauge Railway Line Kaunas in the Lithuanian-Latvian Border (Rail Baltica 2). Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) effectiveness literature was reviewed to draw on criteria that could establish a comparative framework to explain how environmental and sustainability assessments were undertaken in the three aforementioned European high speed rail case studies. Research results allow us to conclude that an SEA or a sustainability assessment/appraisal (SA) will be most beneficial if developed before any HSR project to first determine if HSR is really necessary and strategically justifiable to the achievement of both environmental and sustainability objectives. Results achieved suggest that even though the SEA and SA in the three cases studied can be said to have influenced the planning process mostly at project-level decisions, it also shows a missed opportunity tomore » contribute to developing a high level strategy for HSR that addresses several strategic issues, assessing options before they are undertaken. - Highlights: •HSR network is strategically relevant for European development. •SEA and SA have been used to support HSR decision-making processes in Europe. •Three HSR SEA/SA cases in Europe (UK, Portugal and Lithuania-Latvia) were reviewed. •Cases were compared in relation to the strategic nature of the assessment. •Conclusions show a missed opportunity to address to a high level strategy for HSR.« less

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [3];  [4]
  1. Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon (Portugal)
  2. CEG-IST, Instituto Superior Técnico, Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon (Portugal)
  3. (Denmark)
  4. Centre for Environmental Policy, Imperial College London, 14 Prince's Gardens, London (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22701666
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Environmental Impact Assessment Review
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 66; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2017 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA); Journal ID: ISSN 0195-9255
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; COMPARATIVE EVALUATIONS; COST ESTIMATION; DECISION MAKING; ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS; MEMBER STATES; PORTUGAL; SEAS; SUSTAINABILITY; UNITED KINGDOM; VELOCITY

Citation Formats

Carvalho, Sofia, Partidario, Maria, Dept Planning, Aalborg University, and Sheate, William. High speed rail comparative strategic assessments in EU member states. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.05.006.
Carvalho, Sofia, Partidario, Maria, Dept Planning, Aalborg University, & Sheate, William. High speed rail comparative strategic assessments in EU member states. United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.05.006.
Carvalho, Sofia, Partidario, Maria, Dept Planning, Aalborg University, and Sheate, William. Fri . "High speed rail comparative strategic assessments in EU member states". United States. doi:10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.05.006.
@article{osti_22701666,
title = {High speed rail comparative strategic assessments in EU member states},
author = {Carvalho, Sofia and Partidario, Maria and Dept Planning, Aalborg University and Sheate, William},
abstractNote = {This paper explores the role and capacity of strategic level assessments in addressing the strategic dimension of High Speed Rail (HSR) proposals and influencing decision-making processes. The overall research objective was to find out to what extent opportunities for strategic thinking are being undertaken in HSR. Three different cases of high speed rail were compared – High Speed Rail 2 (HS2) in the UK, High Speed Rail Network (RFAV) in Portugal and European Gauge Railway Line Kaunas in the Lithuanian-Latvian Border (Rail Baltica 2). Strategic environmental assessment (SEA) effectiveness literature was reviewed to draw on criteria that could establish a comparative framework to explain how environmental and sustainability assessments were undertaken in the three aforementioned European high speed rail case studies. Research results allow us to conclude that an SEA or a sustainability assessment/appraisal (SA) will be most beneficial if developed before any HSR project to first determine if HSR is really necessary and strategically justifiable to the achievement of both environmental and sustainability objectives. Results achieved suggest that even though the SEA and SA in the three cases studied can be said to have influenced the planning process mostly at project-level decisions, it also shows a missed opportunity to contribute to developing a high level strategy for HSR that addresses several strategic issues, assessing options before they are undertaken. - Highlights: •HSR network is strategically relevant for European development. •SEA and SA have been used to support HSR decision-making processes in Europe. •Three HSR SEA/SA cases in Europe (UK, Portugal and Lithuania-Latvia) were reviewed. •Cases were compared in relation to the strategic nature of the assessment. •Conclusions show a missed opportunity to address to a high level strategy for HSR.},
doi = {10.1016/J.EIAR.2017.05.006},
journal = {Environmental Impact Assessment Review},
issn = {0195-9255},
number = ,
volume = 66,
place = {United States},
year = {2017},
month = {9}
}