Impact of Road Transportation Network on Socio - Economic Well-Being : An Overview of Global Perspective

Authors(3) :-Nuhu Honney Tini, Muhammad Zaly Shah, Zahid Sultan

Road transportation serves as a base for socio-economic development which is imperative for the survival of humanity. Such vital role played by transport led to the ever-increasing expansion of road network worldwide. The multidimensional significance of road network to societal welfare is insufficiently uncovered and less understood. This paper analyses the interplay between growth of road network and socio-economic well-being of humanity. The growth and density of road network has been investigated and it is established that disparity exist generally across continents of the world. In specific cases, while some countries have dense road network most countries of the world have less dense road network. Facts about the social and economic impact of road network is as well discovered to be multi-faceted. Economically, road transport network ensures job opportunities, income, resource exploitation, exchange of goods and poverty alleviation. Socially, roads guarantee accessibility, mobility, liveability, activity location, safety, social interaction, dispersal of idea and services, land-use efficiency and reduce vehicle emissions. Conversely, road facilitates transportation activities which directly or indirectly inflict diverse societal costs. The major challenges militating against the growth of road network worldwide includes social, economic, cultural, political and environmental factors. The mitigation measures of such challenges identified among others are improvement in road network planning and design, investment in road development and maintenance, standardization of road network, traffic safety regulations, traffic management legislation and skills. This study contributes to gaining more insight into the social and economic influence of road network to societal quality living.

Authors and Affiliations

Nuhu Honney Tini
Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM, Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia and Department of Geography, Faculty of Science, Adamawa State University, PMB 25 Mubi, Nigeria.
Muhammad Zaly Shah
Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Faculty of Built Environment, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 UTM, Skudai, Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Zahid Sultan
Civil Engineering Department, PNG University of Technology, Private Mail Bag Lae 411, Morobe Province, PNG

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Published in : Volume 4 | Issue 9 | July-August 2018
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Nuhu Honney Tini, Muhammad Zaly Shah, Zahid Sultan, " Impact of Road Transportation Network on Socio - Economic Well-Being : An Overview of Global Perspective, International Journal of Scientific Research in Science, Engineering and Technology(IJSRSET), Print ISSN : 2395-1990, Online ISSN : 2394-4099, Volume 4, Issue 9, pp.282-296, July-August-2018.
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