Reflecting on How Social Impacts are Considered in Transport Infrastructure Project Planning: Looking beyond the Claimed Success of Sydney’s South West Rail Link

Lara Mottee*, Jos Arts, Frank Vanclay, Fiona Miller, Richard Howitt

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Urban rail transport megaprojects are promoted as generating positive social change at a metropolitan scale, yet they produce complex unplanned negative impacts at local scales. Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) and its follow-up help decision-makers assess and manage the social and environmental impacts of major projects. Using Western Sydney’s politically-successful South West Rail Link as an example, we identified the practice challenges and governance barriers to applying ESIA and EIA follow-up across spatial scales. These challenges and barriers influence the planning and management of the impacts of integrated urban development and transport infrastructure development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-198
Number of pages14
JournalUrban Policy and Research
Issue number3
Early online date24-Feb-2020
Publication statusPublished - 2-Jul-2020


  • Social impact assessment
  • integrated planning
  • environmental impact assessment,
  • Integrated planning
  • urban planning
  • transport infrastructure planning
  • EIA follow-up

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