Planning for nodes, places and people in Flanders and Brussels: An empirical railway station assessment tool for strategic decision-making

Freke Caset, Filipe Marques Texeira, Ben Derudder, Kobe Boussauw, Frank Witlox

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Abstract

Against the backdrop of current policy discussions in Flanders dealing with urban development schemes for strategic railway stations, this paper develops an empirical railway station assessment tool. We build on the node-place modeling literature, and more specifically on the tradition of empirical station assessment models that has emerged from it. First, we propose a number of methodological contributions in which we aim to improve the analytical strength of some standard node-place parameters, to expand the model with a user-based accessibility account and to broaden the appraisal of a station’s accessibility with a temporal component. Second, we apply the conceptual model to Flanders and the Brussels-Capital Region (Belgium). Drawing on factor and cluster analysis, we produce two intelligible station typologies for both the node-place and user-based data. Both typologies are interpreted and complemented with station-specific rose diagrams, summarizing a station’s accessibility profile. These diagrams inform about station-specific accessibility characteristics, some of which are not captured by conventional node-place analyses. Lastly, we elaborate on five exemplary cases and illustrate what the results of these analyses may mean for planning practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-837
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of transport and land use
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

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