Spatial imaginaries and the politics of inter-regional transport infrastructure development in Northern England

Tom Arnold, Iain Deas, Cecilia Wong

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Abstract

This article explores how relationships between policy actors at different scales, institutional
relationships between scales, and their changing character over time, shape the production of
spatial imaginaries (SIs) and their use in transport infrastructure planning. Based on research
on the planning of a major rail project in Northern England between 2011 and 2022, the article
illustrates how spatial imaginariesSIs reflect interactions between national, sub-national,
regional and local institutions. Drawing on a programme of interviews with policy actors, the
research highlights the tensions manifested in planning for transport infrastructure about which
places are prioritised in policy, and the institutional influences shaping these decisions. The
article develops understanding of how inter-scalar politics influences the production of spatial
imaginariesSIs and how these imaginaries are in turn utilised in support of transport
infrastructure plans by policy actors at different spatial scales.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Planning Studies
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2024

Keywords

  • transport
  • Infrastructure
  • imaginaries
  • region
  • england

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