Firstly, in this paper, the changing nature and context of development is discussed. Too often we fail to scrutinize rural transport within its developmental situation and context. This is important with respect to the stimulation and capturing of social as well as economic benefits. Several issues need to be recognized within this perspective.
Secondly, some aspects of the social benefits of accessibility are briefly reviewed.
Thirdly, it is important to continue to point up areas of limited knowledge which must be probed by new research. Some needed directions are suggested. In this paper it is attempted to provide some insights on the measurement of social access that could be utilized in a general way but must be sensitive to local resources and constraints.
Since much of the author's work has been carried out within Southeast Asia, and especially Indonesia, he uses his experience largely within this regional laboratory to provide examples and draw observations.
Leinbach, T.R. Social aspects of rural accessibility and changing development context. (2003)