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Introduction to the special issue The regional and urban effects of high-speed trains


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  • K. E. Haynes

    (Institute of Public Policy, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive - 3C6, Fairfax, VA 22030-444, USA)

  • C. Karlsson

    (JÃnkÃping International Business School, JÃnkÃping University, P.O. Box 1026, S-55111 JÃnkÃping, Sweden)

  • U. Blum

    (FakultÄt fØr Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Technische UniversitÄt Dresden, Mommsenstrañe 13, D-01062 Dresden, Germany)


High-speed trains could be used to solve two different accessibility problems. In the first case, where a point to point link is dominant, they are a potential substitute for air travelling. In the second case it links together many cities and, hence, creates a new type of region or corridor with a high interregional accessibility. One important hypothesis for the discussion in this paper is the degree to which cities that are linked together into a band of cities by means of a high-speed train connection are transformed to an extended functional region or in other words an integrated corridor economy. This paper particularly examines economic integration in a corridor economy in the short, medium and long term. In considering the short-term perspective we discuss not only the integration of goods and service markets but also the integration of labour markets and markets for shopping, private services and leisure activities. The discussion of the medium term perspective is concentrated on the relocation of households and firms within a high-speed train corridor. To study the long-term integration effects of a high-speed train corridor we maintain that the analysis must be conducted using a genuinely dynamic model for the specialisation of production and, hence, for trade with and transport of goods and services and consequently transport of people.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Annals of Regional Science.

Volume (Year): 31 (1997)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 1-20

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Handle: RePEc:spr:anresc:v:31:y:1997:i:1:p:1-20

Note: Received: December 1996 / Accepted: January 1997
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  1. Campos, Javier & de Rus, Gines & Barron, Iñaki, 2007. "The cost of building and operating a new high speed rail line," MPRA Paper 12396, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Campos, Javier & de Rus, Gines & Barron, Ignacio, 2007. "A review of HSR experiences around the world," MPRA Paper 12397, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  3. Concepción Román, 2008. "Competencia intermodal en el corredor Madrid-Zaragoza-Barcelona ante la introducción del tren de alta velocidad," Economic Reports 11-08, FEDEA.
  4. Chih Cheng CHEN, 2014. "The Operation Of New Transportation Infrastructure And Regional Economic Efficiency: A Case Study Of High Speed Rail In Western Taiwan," Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies, Euro-American Association of Economic Development, vol. 14(1), pages 179-194.
  5. Jasper Willigers & Han Floor & Bert Van Wee, 2005. "High-speed rail’s impact on the location of office employment within the Dutch Randstad area," ERSA conference papers ersa05p308, European Regional Science Association.


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