Unravelling Decision-Making Processes on Location Choices for High-Speed Railway Stations in China: A Comparison of Shenzhen, Lanzhou and Jingmen

Biyue Wang*, Martin de Jong, Ellen Van Bueren, Aksel Ersoy, Yawei Chen

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Most High-Speed Railway (HSR) station areas in China can be found at the urban periphery or in suburban areas, a phenomenon that has often been criticised. While debate about the influence these location choices have on the economic and sustainable development of cities rages on, little attention has been paid to the decision-making processes leading to these locations. This paper investigates these processes by comparing HSR stations in three cities: Shenzhen, Lanzhou and Jingmen. Our findings can help actors involved in making location choices develop awareness of different interests and create the conditions for successful development of HSR station areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-454
Number of pages22
JournalPlanning Theory and Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • China
  • decision-making process
  • HSR station areas
  • policy networks
  • transport planning
  • urban development

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