The purpose of this brief paper is to present an overview of the main lines of argument and conclusions, as well as briefly pointing out some of the more obvious unresolved issues. While it attempts to present a consensus, this is not intended to disguise the fact that on many points there are divergent, and indeed diametrically opposed, views.
The overview is structured around three main themes, which it is intended will form the basis for the initial discussions at the workshop. These are the context in which discussion of social benefits is most relevant; whether it is sensible and possible to separately identify social as distinct from other forms of benefit; and appraisal issues.
Howe, J. Inclusion of social benefits in transport planning - overview of thematic papers. (2003)