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Title: The railway network and city system: a long term quantitative analysis from the perspective of regional planning [PhD Thesis]
Author: Alvarez-Palau, Eduard J.
Director: Herce Vallejo, Manuel
Martí Henneberg, Jordi
Magrinyà Torner, Francesc
Keywords: railway infrastructure
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles
Citation: Alvarez-Palau, Eduard J.."The railway network and city system: a long term quantitative analysis from the perspective of regional planning. Department of Transport Infrastructure and Territory, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. December 2015. Directors: Manuel Herce, Francesc Magrinyà and Jordi Martí-Henneberg. Boletín de la Asociación de Geógrafos Españoles, 74, 2017. p. 665-668 ISSN: 0212-9426
Abstract: The main objective of this thesis is to help improve our understanding of the role played by railway infrastructure as an instrument to support territorial development. It is evident that the railway has influenced the process that has shaped today¿s city system, but the precise mechanisms responsible for this have yet to be well defined. Two complementary approaches have been proposed to help do this. One of these involves using new databases, detailed at the local level but providing exhaustive coverage for each territory. These data series span a period stretching from the mid-19th century to the present day. Their subsequent analysis provides us with quantitative results, which offer a high degree of precision, for both the regional and national levels. The other implies carrying out a series of specific case studies that facilitate our understanding of certain discrepancies with respect to the generally observed patterns.
Description: Peer-reviewed
Language: English
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