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A Review of Rail Research Relevant to the Case for Increased Rail Investment.

By C.A. Nash, A.S. Fowkes, P.G. Hopkinson, J.M. Preston and M. Wardman

Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of rail transport research which has a bearing on the case of increased rail investment. The paper focuses on research which has been conducted on the demand for rail travel, both passenger and freight, rather than the supply side or new technology. The aim is to identify where we believe there to be significant gaps in knowledge and key areas in which further research is required are outlined. The paper deals with the following issues: the investment and funding mechanisms that currently exist for rail; the extent to which changes in the fare and service quality of rail affect the demand for rail travel and also the demand for air and road travel; the environmental and congestion benefits of diverting traffic from road and air to rail; and the links between rail investment and economic development. Where appropriate, the discussion considers inter-urban travel, suburban travel, light rail transit and freight transport separately

Publisher: Institute of Transport Studies, University of Leeds
Year: 1993
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.whiterose.ac.uk:2181

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