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TitleA comparative study on the accessibility of high-speed rail in YangtzeRiver Delta, China
 
AuthorsHe, Jianfeng
贺剑锋
 
Issue Date2011
 
PublisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
AbstractDuring the past decade, the high-speed rail (HSR) has got momentum in China, and a number of lines have been put into operation. However, it is noted that the HSR development in China is quite different from that in other regions. The discrepancies are mainly embodied in the duality of HSR types, the diversity of station locations, and the mixed-speed and cross-rail-type train running scheme. These characteristics have considerable impacts on the HSR stations in terms of the external accessibility in the HSR network as well as the internal accessibility in the cities. Based on the comparative study on the accessibility of main HSR stations in Yangtze River Delta, it is discovered that compared with the conventional rail (CR), the HSR has significantly improved the external accessibility of various cities. It is also found that the HSR has further enhanced the hub status of big cities in the rail network, while the differences among the other cities have been reduced, since the small cities have benefited much more from the HSR than the medium cities. Besides, introducing a new HSR line would improve the external accessibility of cities not only in the HSR network but also in the CR network, due to substantial increases in the efficiency of the whole rail system. In terms of the internal accessibility, it is found that the location choice of stations has significant impacts on the accessibility of HSR stations in cities, and the newly built stations have much lower accessibility due to their remote locations and the under-developed transport facilities and services connecting to them. Overall, for a complete journey by the HSR, the improvement in the external accessibility has made the internal accessibility of HSR stations more critical and sensitive. In this sense, more efforts should be paid to improve the urban transport system so as to fully utilize the positive effects brought about by the HSR.
 
DegreeMaster of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning
 
SubjectHigh speed trains - China - Yangtze River Delta.
 
Dept/ProgramTransport Policy and Planning
 
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dc.contributor.authorHe, Jianfeng
 
dc.contributor.author贺剑锋
 
dc.date.hkucongregation2011
 
dc.date.issued2011
 
dc.description.abstractDuring the past decade, the high-speed rail (HSR) has got momentum in China, and a number of lines have been put into operation. However, it is noted that the HSR development in China is quite different from that in other regions. The discrepancies are mainly embodied in the duality of HSR types, the diversity of station locations, and the mixed-speed and cross-rail-type train running scheme. These characteristics have considerable impacts on the HSR stations in terms of the external accessibility in the HSR network as well as the internal accessibility in the cities. Based on the comparative study on the accessibility of main HSR stations in Yangtze River Delta, it is discovered that compared with the conventional rail (CR), the HSR has significantly improved the external accessibility of various cities. It is also found that the HSR has further enhanced the hub status of big cities in the rail network, while the differences among the other cities have been reduced, since the small cities have benefited much more from the HSR than the medium cities. Besides, introducing a new HSR line would improve the external accessibility of cities not only in the HSR network but also in the CR network, due to substantial increases in the efficiency of the whole rail system. In terms of the internal accessibility, it is found that the location choice of stations has significant impacts on the accessibility of HSR stations in cities, and the newly built stations have much lower accessibility due to their remote locations and the under-developed transport facilities and services connecting to them. Overall, for a complete journey by the HSR, the improvement in the external accessibility has made the internal accessibility of HSR stations more critical and sensitive. In this sense, more efforts should be paid to improve the urban transport system so as to fully utilize the positive effects brought about by the HSR.
 
dc.description.naturepublished_or_final_version
 
dc.description.thesisdisciplineTransport Policy and Planning
 
dc.description.thesislevelmaster's
 
dc.description.thesisnameMaster of Arts in Transport Policy and Planning
 
dc.identifier.hkulb4818354
 
dc.languageeng
 
dc.publisherThe University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong)
 
dc.relation.ispartofHKU Theses Online (HKUTO)
 
dc.rightsThe author retains all proprietary rights, (such as patent rights) and the right to use in future works.
 
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License
 
dc.source.urihttp://hub.hku.hk/bib/B48183544
 
dc.subject.lcshHigh speed trains - China - Yangtze River Delta.
 
dc.titleA comparative study on the accessibility of high-speed rail in YangtzeRiver Delta, China
 
dc.typePG_Thesis
 
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