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The Hub and the Place: An international study of the processes and stimulants of large transport hubs and the effects on urban develpoment in the UK, China and India
An in-depth look at the issues related to infrastructure delivery, by examining three case studies of rail transport hubs and their surrounding environment and urban development in the UK, China and India. Ambitious plans for the development of transport hubs and their surrounding areas have become more prevalent throughout the world. Infrastructure is the physical result of investment in economic competitiveness. The construction-led growth that it ignites has the potential to drive social change and to create sustainable and long-term jobs. At the same time, high quality infrastructure improves our environment and quality of life. In London, the King’s Cross St Pancras station redevelopment is “the biggest inner city redevelopment in Europe”. It provides a major international rail station, a strategic transport hub and a centre of urban renewal covering 67 acres. In China, the Guangzhou Railway Station (GRS) upgrade is part of China’s 10 mega infrastructure projects. The project is an integral part of a programme to revive the region’s trade links and competitiveness in mainland China and throughout the whole of Asia, Russia, and India. It will start construction in spring 2018, having been first conceived in 2012. In India, the Delhi Metro mega project was initiated from the pressing need to modernise and address the chaotic transportation issues in Delhi. It is a good example of government-led and development-based Land Value Capture funding mechanism for urban mega projects not previously used by public-sector actors in India. The development company was given absolute power to acquire land deemed necessary for the development, with a "special regime" that ensured it was well insulated from normal politics.
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