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Introducing willingness-to-pay for noise changes into transport appraisal: an application of benefit transfer.

Nellthorp, J., Bristow, A. and Day, B. (2007) Introducing willingness-to-pay for noise changes into transport appraisal: an application of benefit transfer. Transport Reviews, 27 (3). pp. 327-353. ISSN 1464-5327

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Numerous research studies have elicited willingness-to-pay values for transport-related noise, however, in many industrialised countries including the UK, noise costs and benefits are still not incorporated into appraisals for most transport projects and policy changes (Odgaard et al, 2005; Grant-Muller et al, 2001). This paper describes the actions recently taken in the UK to address this issue, comprising: primary research based on the city of Birmingham; an international review of willingness-to-pay evidence; development of values using benefit transfers over time and locations; and integration with appraisal methods. Amongst the main findings are: that the willingness-to-pay estimates derived for the UK are broadly comparable with those used in appraisal elsewhere in Europe; that there is a case for a lower threshold at 1 45dB(A)Leq,18hr1 rather than the more conventional 55dB(A); and that values per dB(A) increase with the noise level above this threshold. There are significant issues over the valuation of rail versus road noise, the neglect of non-residential noise and the valuation of high noise levels in different countries. Conclusions are drawn regarding the feasibility of noise valuation based on benefit transfers in the UK and elsewhere, and future research needs in this field are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor and Francis. This is an author produced version of a paper published in Transport Reviews. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > Institute for Transport Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Adrian May
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2014 10:46
Published Version: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/title~content=t71...
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/01441640601062621
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/2504

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