Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Geography

Title

Transport infrastructure development and changing spatial accessibility in the Greater Pearl River Delta, China, 1990–2020

Language

English

Abstract

This paper analyses the accessibility implications of the development of expressways and inter-city railways in the Greater Pearl River Delta (GPRD) over the period 1990-2020. Average travel time was firstly reduced by expressway development; and it will be reduced further by the introduction of the inter-city rail system in 2011. The unevenness in regional accessibility remained relatively high during the initial stage of expressway development, but later expansion brought more balanced accessibility landscapes. The first stage (2010-2020) of inter-city railway development will raise the accessibility inequality. Its later effects, however, remain to be seen. Convenience in transport connections is associated with the spatial pattern of industrialization. In addition, accessibility improvement is tied to the direction of city-region development, as exemplified by Guangzhou's choice of Nansha, the city's outer port, as development focus. © 2011.

Keywords

Accessibility, Expressways, Greater Pearl River Delta, Inter-city rail system, Intra-regional disparity

Publication Date

2011

Source Publication Title

Journal of Transport Geography

Volume

19

Issue

6

Start Page

1350

End Page

1360

Publisher

Elsevier

DOI

10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2011.07.003

ISSN (print)

09666923

ISSN (electronic)

18731236

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