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Title: Trans-European networks : transport cohesion of the high-speed rail network in south-west Europe
Author: Price, Maria
Awarding Body: Oxford University
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis examines the development of the high-speed rail network as part of the European Union's Trans-European Networks and determines whether transport cohesion is achieved at European, national and regional levels. It applies an interdisciplinary approach of geography, economics, and policy using qualitative and quantitative analyses. It has selected South-West Europe to carry out a series of case studies reflecting each approach. It argues that the cohesion of the high-speed rail network is determined by its physical structure and its connectivity, accessibility and interoperability to other networks nationally, regionally and locally. Furthermore, its successful development is dependent on the financing strategy and the institutional relationships necessary to implement relevant policies and complete European infrastructure projects. In the geography approach the study uses graph theory equations supported by GIS mapping, a method used to evaluate the physical structure of the high-speed railways and their connection to the already existing conventional rail network. The economic approach consists of an accessibility measure using a gravity model which considers access to and from the high-speed rail network using public services, with variables such as population, travel and waiting times, fares and service frequencies. The models are applied to regional and local case studies. The studied regional areas are the Spanish provinces of Catalonia, known as Girona, Lleida and Tarragona. The local accessibility study compares the accessibility to two different high-speed stations, one located in the city lim its, and Moria Price, PhD Abstract, Oxford, UK
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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