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authors looked at the prosperity and growth of two towns with stations on the new line – Limburg and Montabaur – and compared them with
more than 3,000 other municipalities in the surrounding regions. The new line brought Limburg and Montabaur within a 40-minute journey of
both Cologne and Frankfurt. Over a four-year period, the researchers found that both towns and the area immediately around them saw their
economies grow by at least 2.7 per cent more than their unconnected neighbours. This effect, say the authors, is entirely attributable to the improved access to markets for Limburg and Montabaur and not to any external factors or inherent growth.
They chose the two towns for the study because both were included on the high-speed route due to lobbying by regional government and not
because their economies were powerful or expanding. Dr Ahlfeldt, from the Department of Geography and Environment at LSE, said: 'One of the problems with identifying the impact of high-s...
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