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High-speed rail and regional development: the case of intermediate stations

Vickerman, Roger W. (2015) High-speed rail and regional development: the case of intermediate stations. Journal of Transport Geography, 42 . pp. 157-165. ISSN 0966-6923. (doi:10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.06.008) (KAR id:50469)

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High-speed rail has developed both nationally and internationally in Europe as a successful alternative to

both air and road over distances of 400–600 km. Inter-city traffic, especially between the major metropolitan

areas in North-west Europe has benefitted greatly from the investment in this network. This

paper explores two issues: the impact on the intermediate areas between these major metropolitan areas

and the creation of potential cross-border inter-regional services. The evidence shows how both levels of

service and potential economic impacts have been much less pronounced in these intermediate areas.

Such areas have been affected both by a failure to see greatly improved direct access to major cities other

than within their own countries and a lack of new cross-border inter-regional services. The paper argues

that the creation of the high-speed rail TEN-T has not met the primary objectives of reducing regional

disparities in accessibility or reducing the effect of national borders on regional integration. To achieve

this requires not just infrastructure provision but an appropriate regulatory framework for service

provision and accompanying measures at the local level.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2014.06.008
Uncontrolled keywords: High-speed rail; Regional development; Station location; Border regions
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Roger Vickerman
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2015 09:31 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2022 03:18 UTC
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