financed by Connekt/NWO as a part of the Transport Research Program. This research project addresses the role of railway stations in urban development. The central question is how the renaissance of railways since the end of the twentieth century (especially the development of high speed rail links) will affect the European cities. The analyses will be carried out with due attention to the broader institutional environment of the railway system such as the shift toward privatized railway companies, internationalization, the occurrence of market and government failures in land markets and private-public sector co-operation in the development of railway areas. The following sub-questions will be addressed: What are the consequences of competition within the railway sector and between railways and other transport modes for the railway system in general and the development of railway stations in particular? What is the importance of railway accessibility for locational decisions of firms and households, in particular with respect to business trips and commuting. How severe is mutual competition between railway stations, and competition between railwa
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