Sustainability and Related Factors of High Speed Railways

PhD Thesis


Watson, I. (2020). Sustainability and Related Factors of High Speed Railways. PhD Thesis London South Bank University School of the Built Environment and Architecture https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.9494z
AuthorsWatson, I.
TypePhD Thesis
Abstract

High-Speed Railways (HSR), which represent a safe and sustainable mode of transportation, provide access and mobility for the society, and support the growth of the economy in addition to creating new jobs, supporting welfare, and promoting local business activities.
This research addresses the shortage of knowledge in evaluating the performance of selected HSR systems and in distinguishing the factors that contribute to the sustainable performance of HSRs. The aim of this study is to evaluate the sustainability of selected HSRs and identify factors that affect such sustainability. The objectives of this research are to evaluate productivity, technical and technological efficiency of the selected HSRs, define the factors that can affect productivity and efficiency scores and make suggestions for improving the sustainability of HSRs.
The secondary data methodology has been used, supported by empirical evidence. Most of the data was gathered from the Internet, research in depth of the high-speed railways in the selected countries, and International Union of Railway’s websites in addition to analysing railway statistics and data from European and institutional publications. This includes the use of a multi-stage approach of applying three specialised software packages, namely, NVivo, DEA, and ISM SPSS.
The main findings show that HSRs in Asia has higher productivity and higher efficiency scores than that of HSRs in Europe. The research found that the key factors among all the identified factors that affected the productivity and efficiency of HSRs are; density of population, average traction power of HSR trains, average time that passengers spend on trains and average distance that passengers travel on the HSR.
The findings of this research can help develop strategic guidelines to improve the performance and, by the result, the sustainability of HSRs. The recommendations are drawn for more research expansion, including the consideration of other HSRs, particularly their best practices.

Year2020
PublisherLondon South Bank University
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.18744/lsbu.9494z
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