Impacts of the national trunk highway system on accessibility in China

Si Ming Li*, Y. M. Shum

*Corresponding author for this work

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Recently, China has launched a major programme of motorway construction - the National Trunk Highway System (NTHS). The present study analyses the impacts of this highway development programme on the pattern of accessibility gradients, trying to draw implications for regional growth. Obviously, this programme will bring about substantial improvements in accessibility across the nation. There is evidence, however, that highway investment exhibits diminishing returns over time. Greater improvements in the nodal accessibility of the major coastal cities, as compared with cities in interior and periphery provinces, in the initial stage of the highway development programme are found. But as time progresses, the NTHS will bring about more balanced development in the spatial sense.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Transport Geography
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2001

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Environmental Science(all)

User-Defined Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • China
  • National trunk high way system
  • Valued graph


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