The Metro Network Extension in the West Midlands: A Socio-economic Impact Assessments

Andrea Gualtieri, Marin Marinov

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This paper provides an evaluation of the socio-economic impacts of the metro network expansion on the West Midlands. The principal municipalities of this English region are already involved in the metro service, but the Midland Metro Alliance is aiming to extend the service to more towns and suburbs in the region. The metro network expansion project has been segmented, analysed and explored using a variant of the classic decision-making matrix, which enabled the assessment of the values of 8 factors responsible for the social and economic development of the West Midlands within the metro network extension itself. The analysis contains both quantitative and qualitative data. A forecasting activity intending to extend the data gathered during the socio-economic impact assessment, considering a 22-year medium-term horizon is organised. The activity has been undertaken using both proper software and different data analysis functions in order to project the socio-economic impact of the metro extension in the West Midlands.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrban Rail Transit: Proceedings of the 6th Thailand Rail Academic Symposium
EditorsWaressara Weerawat, Phumin Kirawanich, Anna Fraszczyk, Marin Marinov
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-5979-2
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2020
Event6th Thailand Rail Academic Symposium - Bangkok, Thailand
Duration: 21 Nov 201922 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mobility
PublisherSpringer Nature Singapore
ISSN (Print)2196-5544
ISSN (Electronic)2196-5552


Conference6th Thailand Rail Academic Symposium


  • Data analysis forecasting
  • Decision-making matrix
  • Impact assessment
  • Metro
  • Value management
  • West Midlands


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