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Rethinking the death of the railway in the Portuguese countryside

Anciaes, PR; (2013) Rethinking the death of the railway in the Portuguese countryside. In: Gather, M and Lüttmerding, A and Berding, J, (eds.) Proceedings of the 1st EURUFU (European Rural Futures) Conference. (pp. pp. 45-57). Institut Verkehr und Raum: Erfurt, Germany. Green open access

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Abstract

Two waves of line closures (1988-92 and 2008-12) have left the Portuguese countryside largely deprived of railway services. This paper assesses rail accessibility and potential demand in the areas served by the lines closed. The study contributes to existing literature by taking into account the availability of rail services and public transport access to stations, considering separate types of destinations, trip frequencies and departure times for different population segments. The population potentially served by rail is first mapped at the level of the civil parish and aggregated to rail stations. In a second stage, the effects of providing extra rail connections and bus feeder routes are estimated, identifying the parts of the country and railway network with the highest potential improvements. The findings show that despite low levels of demand in absolute terms, rail services still had the potential for serving a significant part of the population in the areas around some of the lines closed.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Rethinking the death of the railway in the Portuguese countryside
Event: 1st EURUFU (European Rural Futures) Conference - Transport and Mobility in Rural Areas
Location: Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary
Dates: 14 May 2013 - 14 May 2013
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://apps.thueringen.de/eurufu/en/project/news/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1415083
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