HST stations and urban dynamics: Experiences from four European cities

  • Peter Pol


Connection to the High-Speed-Train (HST) network is, for many cities, a momentous occasion towards redeveloping their station areas. Many local authorities have drawn up ambitious plans for the redevelopment of the zones at and around HST nodes. The expectation is that these redevelopments will enhance the accessibility and economic attractiveness of metropolitan centres, and will attract new urban activities and residents (Bonnafous 1987; Plassard 1991). To the actors involved, the advent of the HST can be an opportunity to renew and strengthen the urban economy, to change the modal split in favour of more environmental-friendly modalities, and improve the image of the metropolitan centre and its urban region.


Local Authority Station Development Urban Region Station Area European City 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Pol
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  1. 1.Department of Applied EconomicsErasmus University Rotterdamthe Netherlands

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