Transport Infrastructure as a Key Determinant in Regional Growth Trends in PLUREL Case Study Regions

Ustaoğlu E., Williams B.

PLUREL International Conference: Managing the Urban Rural Interface, Kobenhavn, Denmark, 19 - 22 October 2010, pp.1

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Kobenhavn
  • Country: Denmark
  • Page Numbers: pp.1
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


This paper explores the land transformation process and growth pattern emerging in the functional urban regions of Europe with particular attention paid to growth impacts on peri-urban areas. The process is considered in the light of the growth pattern of selected Plurel Regions which is analysed based upon international economic and social statistical evidence.  Provision of transport infrastructure as a critical determinant of growth pathways will be examined.


In the last decade in particular the emergence of discontinuous patterns of development and rapidly expanding functional urban areas has been observed in many developing city regions such as Dublin. Evidence of  contrasting trends have emerged with an urban regeneration driven return of development to  central areas of economically strong regions, and a concurrent significant dispersal of housing and employment activities development in a sprawl type manner. In turn, in regions with lower levels of economic growth a gradual dispersal of development into peri-urban areas has occurred potentially weakening central core areas.  


It is recognised that dispersed patterns have significant implications for the long-term regional development patterns of Plurel Regions. Therefore, this paper will include empirical evidence on development patterns emerging in Dublin and other regions, which it is expected will assist in evaluating the effectiveness of policy measures.  In addition the paper will focus on policy support evaluation measures relating to the Cost Benefit Analysis (CBA) tool in assisting the evaluation of new transport infrastructure proposals.