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Amiril, A (2014) The importance and implementation of sustainability factors in Malaysian railway projects. In: Raiden, A and Aboagye-Nimo, E (Eds.), Proceedings 30th Annual ARCOM Conference, 1-3 September 2014, Portsmouth, UK, Association of Researchers in Construction Management, 73–82.
- Type: Conference Proceedings
- Keywords: Malaysian railway project; stakeholder; sustainability factors
- ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-8-3
- URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2014-0073-0082_Amiril_Nawawi_Takim_Ab-Latif.pdf
The growth of global railway infrastructure development has encouraged many countries including Malaysia to develop railway as a key strategy to enhance the national transportation infrastructure and strengthen economic competitiveness. Nevertheless, the development of railway infrastructure projects demands massive land use, high cost, huge resources and time. These demands have great impact on the economy, environment and social wellbeing. Implementation of sustainability factors in transportation infrastructure projects particularly in railway projects has been recognized as an important mechanism to minimize these impacts. Albeit, it is not clear as to what extent do sustainability factors are incorporated in Malaysian railway projects. The objectives of this paper are to identify the importance of sustainability factors in railway projects from the stakeholderŐs perceptions and to investigate level of its implementation in Malaysian railway projects. A questionnaire-based survey was conducted in Malaysia among the railway projects main stakeholders: the client, consultants and contractors. The data were analyzed by means of statistical analysis i.e. ranking of variables based on the mean values. Paired t-test was then used to identify whether there are any significant differences between the factors perceived as important and actual implemented. The findings show that the level of importance and implementation of sustainability factors in Malaysia railway project is still in moderate level. It is anticipated that the findings reported in this paper could be important for future strategies and guidelines for improving the sustainability performance of railway infrastructure projects development.