Economic Impacts

Little evidence of economic benefits

There are many claims made about the value of new infrastructure in boosting economic performance, but very little evidence to support this.  A review of scheme evaluations by the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth shows that there are actually very few high quality evaluations and what there is is quite mixed in the outcomes.


Full Report


Summary of Report






Exaggerated claims for the Bexhill Link Road

This is the report produced for East Sussex County Council to assess the potential economic impact of the Bexhill Hastings Relief Road and is the source of some of the jobs claims made in subsequent Highways England reports


This is the critique of the above report by Professor Alan Wenban-Smith which basically rubbishes the jobs and other economic claims made within it: