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The Orderliness Hypothesis: Does Population Density Explain the Sequence of Rail Station Opening in London?

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  • David Levinson

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    (Nexus (Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems) Research Group, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota)

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Network growth is a complex phenomenon; some researchers have suggested that it occurs in an orderly or rational way, based on the size of places that are connected. This paper examines the order in which stations were added to the London surface rail and Underground rail networks in the 19th and 20th centuries, testing to what extent that order was correlated with population density. While population density is an important factor in explaining order, this research shows that other factors are at work. The network itself helps to reshape land uses, and a network that may have been well ordered at one time, may drift away from order as activities relocate.

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Paper provided by University of Minnesota: Nexus Research Group in its series Working Papers with number 200804.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2007
Date of revision: Jun 2007
Publication status: Published in Journal of Transport History 29(1) March 2008.
Handle: RePEc:nex:wpaper:orderliness

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Keywords: Transport and land use; London Underground; network growth; railways;

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