Europe’s urban life focuses around a major network of cities, which exchange population, goods, and services of every kind both within regions and across borders. By their very nature, urban questions thus have a transnational dimension, and constitute a fruitful area of Euro-pean cooperation. The growth of urban areas is associated with acces-sibility to transportation routes, and has become the most important factor in landscape and land use change throughout Europe. Apart from providing links between cities, transport corridors are also exten-sions of cities' functionality which allow the population to benefit from essential facilities offered by functional urbanised areas which can include other cities. But, they often exacerbate urban sprawl into new urban areas. Visible impacts of motorway based urban sprawl are apparent in countries or regions with rapid economic growth and in the New Member States (MS) where a new phase of urbanization is un-derway, dramatically changing land use patterns. The aim of the present work is to reflect on the European perspective concerning spatial development strategies, particularly cross-border transport corridors; to assess the role of these strategies specifically on Dublin and Belfast metropolitan areas. It shows how tools such as scenario-analysis and modelling can assist policy makers in addressing the challenges facing cross-border transport corridors. The results have clear policy transfer relevance for integrated spatial planning-transport constructs across Europe and beyond. It contributes to the achievement of the Lisbon and Gothenburg Agendas as well as providing a policy benefit to decision makers and stakeholders at local, regional and national levels across Europe.
Planning Support Tools: Policy Analysis, Implementation and Evaluation, 2012, p. 193-205
Cross-Border regions and spatial policy, Dublin-Belfast corridor, Interaction between transport corridors and Land use change, Transport corridors and sustainable regional development