Institute for Transport Studies (ITS)

Measuring the social impacts of road projects

Using a combination of quantitative and qualitative analyses, this project is the first of its kind in the UK to identify the social impacts on the local community arising from a road improvement scheme.

The Welsh Government is widening the entire length of the A465 in South Wales to dual carriageway standard. The A465, or Heads of the Valleys road, is a key corridor and international gateway for the South Wales economy connecting the M4 at Neath to Abergavenny and Hereford. It provides a strategic link between West Wales and the Midlands, and also links up the northern valleys, supporting regeneration in the local communities. The focus of this social assessment study is Section 3 of the A465, between Brynmawr and Tredegar.  The section contains a stretch of replacement road on a new alignment along which several low-income communities are located.

Impact: Our study is the first of its kind in the UK.  We have undertaken quantitative and qualitative analyses (including video) to identify the local social impacts arising from the Scheme after opening in summer 2015. The study is designed to act as an exemplar for future evaluations of the social impacts of road projects in Wales and will also be used to feed in evidence to the development of WelTAG.


Project facts

Budget (ITS portion): £97000

Funding: Welsh Government

Duration: 12 months

Dates: April 2015 – March 2016

Coordinator: Prof. Karen Lucas

For further information, please contact: Professor Karen Lucas