Transport Mobility and Wellbeing

Introduction


The Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) has undertaken research into the relationship between transport, mobility, health and wellbeing.

Whilst a relationship between transport and health is generally recognised in broad terms – for example access to health care, personal mobility, better accessibility and the benefits of active travel on health - there is a need to understand the wider impact of improved mobility on mental health and wellbeing. 

When developing the case for new transport schemes in the UK in recent times, the funders, professional advisers and users have tended to focus only on the direct economic benefits, without factoring in the quantified health and wellbeing savings.

We question if health and wellbeing outcomes should be considered in scheme development, taken into account in the design process, and embedded in the economic assessment and justification for transport projects. 

PBA logo smallThe research was conducted for CIHT by Peter Brett Associates LLP (PBA), who acted as a voluntary facilitator.

This work will culminate in the production of an accessible report of our findings that we expect to be published in July 2015.

 

The Project Objective


Through this research, we aim to develop definitive definitions of what is meant by health and by wellbeing, identify links between transport, mobility, health and wellbeing and to identify the strategic key drivers for, or barriers against, improving health and wellbeing outcomes as a result of transport investment.

It is our intention to move beyond traditional economic cost/benefit analysis towards a new model, where improvement of health and wellbeing outcomes as a result of transport contribution and investment can be quantified, with a range of indicators and robust measurement techniques.

The final research paper will be widely disseminated to transport and health practitioners, planners and economists, and government so your contributions will be valuable to a large and relevant audience.