The Woolwich Rail Tunnel: a GIS Based Assessment of Socio-economic Impacts
AUSTIN K P and EVANS R, Halcrow Fox, UK
The objective behind the Woolwich Rail Tunnel Project is to provide a strategic public transport link under the Thames to connect together the North London and North Kent railway lines. It is envisaged that the core service will run from Stratford in the
The objective behind the Woolwich Rail Tunnel Project is to provide a strategic public transport link under the Thames to connect together the North London and North Kent railway lines. It is envisaged that the core service will run from Stratford in the North, go under the Thames from Silvertown to Woolwich Arsenal and terminate at Abbey Wood. The possibility of an LRT feeder service from Thamesmead and express bus services from Eltham and Welling to Woolwich was also considered.
The standard evaluation methodology involves determining the transport benefits to the project (time savings, relief of road congestion, etc) but does not include an assessment of the wider impact of the project on development, regeneration and local economies.
These wider impacts are likely to be important, especially since the line runs through the Thames Gateway area: an area earmarked for development and regeneration. The London Borough of Greenwich in conjunction with London Transport commissioned Halcrow Fox to identify how improvements in accessibility brought about by the tunnel could affect the lives of people who live and/or work in the borough. This involved an assessment of its impact in terms of: targeting deprived areas; improving access to jobs for the unemployed; increasing the potential of development sites and vacant land; and improving the retail viability of the major shopping centres within the borough. The tbllowing sections describe the processes involved in collecting the data and determining these Socio-Economic effects.
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