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Developing a New Approach to Road Planning in Thailand: Application of Link & Place to a Whole Nation

Paraphantakul, Chutipong; (2021) Developing a New Approach to Road Planning in Thailand: Application of Link & Place to a Whole Nation. Doctoral thesis (Ph.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

National and local road planning in Thailand is based on a framework that has remained largely unchanged for decades, and originates from a time period when the focus was on designing for a general growth in private car traffic and freight traffic. Since then, there has been a growing focus on multi-modality, on sustainability and on recognising the role of roads in a wider urban and rural place-making and environmental context. The thesis critically assesses the continued relevance of the current national road classification system and reviews a wide range of alternative classifications that have been proposed or adopted in different countries. It concludes that an alternative road classification system, Link & Place, has the potential to provide the basis of a new planning framework in Thailand and sets out to explore the implications of adopting this approach, in road ownership, funding and scheme prioritisation, both conceptually and at a practical level. Part A reviews international approaches to road classification and to road planning, and then examines both current national and sub-national planning frameworks in Thailand, based on literature/document reviews and interviews with key professionals in different government agencies and at various spatial levels. It concludes with an assessment of the strengths and limitations of the current planning procedures, and identifies key research gaps that are addressed in the remainder of the thesis. Part B considers how Link & Place could address the problems identified in part A and examines implications for road ownership and funding arrangements, and for performance measurement, problem identification and scheme prioritisation. The approach is tested empirically in a case study area, and further professional interviews are conducted to obtain local and national views on the applicability of this proposed approach. The final chapter critically assess what has been achieved and makes research and policy recommendations. The findings show that the road classification method based on Link & Place could be applied in a national context. Link & Place also offers a coordinated approach that brings administrative arrangements, funding, and performance measurement together, which could help build institutional capacity in sustainable road planning that is generally much needed in the global south.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ph.D
Title: Developing a New Approach to Road Planning in Thailand: Application of Link & Place to a Whole Nation
Event: University College London
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2021. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms. Access may initially be restricted at the author’s request.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10126321
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