Edited by Chia-Lin Chen, Haixiao Pan, Qing Shen and James J. Wang
Chapter 3: Highway development in China
China has formed a relatively mature national highway network system to the country’s development in the past 40 years since the reform and opening up. This chapter attempts to analyze the development and prospects of China's highway network (CHN) from multiple perspectives. First, the CHN’s functional hierarchy, system division, system distribution and development modes are introduced. Second, the spatial evolution pattern and effects of the network are discussed, and then some issues on economic promotion, debt risk and financial sustainability are also investigated. It can be seen that by playing a crucial role in improving accessibility and mobility, the CHN is evidently capable of facilitating time–space convergence and spatial coverage. But its impact on the economy promotion and industrial upgrading has huge controversies with multiple facets. The problematic toll policy and huge financial risks threaten the sustainability of the entire network.
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.