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Assessment of High-Speed Rail Service Coverage in Municipalities of Peninsular Spain

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Polytechnic School, University of Extremadura, 10003 Caceres, Spain
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Sustainable Development and Territorial Planning Research Group (DESOSTE), University of Extremadura, 10003 Caceres, Spain
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VALORIZA- Research Centre for Endogenous Resource Valorization, 7300-110 Portalegre, Portugal
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Faculty of Applied Sciences, WSB University, 41-300 Dąbrowa Górnicza, Poland
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CITUR—Madeira-Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, 9000-082 Madeira, Portugal
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Environmental Resources Analysis Research Group (ARAM), University of Extremadura, 06010 Badajoz, Spain
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Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre (IPP), 7300-110 Portalegre, Portugal
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Research Centre for Tourism, Sustainability and Well-being (Cin Turs), University of Algarve, 8005-139 Faro, Portugal
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Infrastructures 2020, 5(2), 11; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures5020011
Received: 27 September 2019 / Revised: 22 October 2019 / Accepted: 20 January 2020 / Published: 22 January 2020
The Spanish transportation and housing infrastructure plan has planned that in 2024 all provincial capitals in peninsular Spain are to be connected by high-speed rail lines. Nowadays, 35 stations are already operational. These stations and the roads to access them are very important, as these are the only access points for travelers to benefit from the high railway speed. The goal of this study is to evaluate the railway coverage of high-speed services in Spanish peninsular municipalities in 2018 and planned for 2024. A methodology and research tools related to accessibility from municipalities to stations have been used, based on Geographic information Systems. An interaction model was used based on the floating catchment area in three steps. The resulting thematic maps and the analysis of the number of municipalities and the resident population is based on the degree of coverage in 2018. Likewise, in 2024 almost all of the municipalities are planned to have high high-speed railway coverage, these being the most densely populated. The analysis allowed us to present a detailed view of the problem; a methodology and a specific application framework are offered to make the high-speed rail services in Spain more equitable. View Full-Text
Keywords: floating catchment area in three steps; railway stations of high-speed lines; sustainable and equity planning; territorial accessibility; territorial governance and management floating catchment area in three steps; railway stations of high-speed lines; sustainable and equity planning; territorial accessibility; territorial governance and management
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Naranjo Gómez, J.M.; Castanho, R.A.; Cabezas Fernández, J.; Loures, L.C. Assessment of High-Speed Rail Service Coverage in Municipalities of Peninsular Spain. Infrastructures 2020, 5, 11.

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