This website uses cookies so that we can provide you with the best possible experience. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with this. You can find out more about how we use cookies here. If you would like to know more about cookies, or how you can delete them, click here.

Transport Infrastructure Investment

Capturing the Wider Benefits of Investment
in Transport Infrastructure

Infrastructure Paper

The report and its recommendations

Our report, Capturing the Wider Benefits of Investment in Transport Infrastructure [PDF], aims to widen the current debate, to argue for greater use of strategic and integrated planning in guiding decisions about transport  infrastructure provision, and to promote greater understanding of the role of transport infrastructure in delivering for the UK the kinds of places where people want to live, work and invest.

The  report makes seven key recommendations to Government, policy makers and professionals:

  • Policy-makers need to deliver a visionary narrative of the real benefits that transport infrastructure-led schemes.
  • Governments need to operate in a way than enables transport infrastructure schemes to be integrated with wider policy priorities across different sectors.
  • Individual schemes are integrated into broader strategies for transport at national, sub-regional and local level.
  • There must be greater cooperation amongst key delivery partners and their stakeholders.
  • Revolving funds, in combination with strong public sector leadership, can help deliver infrastructure-led development.
  • Governments needs to devolve funding mechanisms, including better systems of cost recovery, to local areas looking to implement viable, transport infrastructure-led schemes.
  • Policy makers, including local and national leaders, must only use limited cost benefit analysis as a guide to infrastructure investment decisions and not as the final arbiter.


The RTPI would also like to thank everyone who kindly took part in the six roundtable events around the UK, the large number of people and organisations who submitted their thoughts by responding to our call for evidence and other participants who contributed via other conversations and meetings.

The RTPI would like to thank Atkins, Peter Brett Associates,the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation (CIHT), Metro, the University of Manchester, the Cardiff UniversityMichael Burrows Associates, Mott MacDonald and RTPI Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland for their close participation and support in writing the report.

Further information

For further information about the report or RTPI policy, email

Learn more about networks

RTPI Networks generate, demonstrate and disseminate knowledge and good practice.

Get involved
The Briefing Room

Find the latest news releases,  RTPI briefings, and blog posts.

Get the briefings