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Train Station Area Development Mega-Projects in Europe: Towards a Typology

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Addressing conceptual and empirical gaps within the field of train station area development (TSAD), this contribution first distinguishes two main perspectives for considering TSAD: one focusing on sustainability, the other on urban competitiveness. Drawing on data from hundreds of projects in Europe, the article then identifies four different TSAD types: strategic integrated; station renaissance; urban development; and transport development. After a discussion of emerging issues (converting terminals into through stations, covering tracks, understanding giga-projects, and synergetic adjacencies), this article concludes that development and decline are still happening simultaneously, with railway's neoliberal rationalization processes leading to upgrading in central, high-profile locations and downgrading and neglect in others.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2148/benv.38.1.12

Publication date: March 1, 2012

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