Overcoming Peripherality by Transport Improvements

Cairns, Michael
May 2000
Logistics & Transport Focus;May2000, Vol. 2 Issue 4, p38
Trade Publication
It is the contention of this article that the peripheral location of North Wales places it at a competitive disadvantage compared with regions closer to the economic centers of Great Britain and Europe. This article considers surface transport linking the area with other regions. The author of this article discusses the history of efforts to improve communications between North Wales and the rest of Great Britain. Emphasis has been placed on seeking improvements to the North Wales coast railway. However, while finance has been available for feasibility studies into gage enhancement and electrification, the only improvements being implemented are modest increases in line speeds. The designation of 'Objective One' status is potentially giving North Wales the opportunity to access funds that could be used to make further improvements to the region's transport infrastructure. However the region faces competition in achieving its aims. The designation additionally covers South Wales and the South Wales Valleys.


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