The Importance of the Improved Road Network to Transportation Economics in Finland



The Importance of the Improved Road Network to Transportation Economics in Finland

Authors

JOUTSENSAARI J, Tampere University of Technology, Finland

Description

Diverse sectors of community demand for better arguments for the allocation of scarce public resources. So far the public sector systems has been comprehensively appraised only a little or not at all. The importance of transport system is indisputable - t

Abstract

Diverse sectors of community demand for better arguments for the allocation of scarce public resources. So far the public sector systems has been comprehensively appraised only a little or not at all. The importance of transport system is indisputable - the development in Finland from 1960's agrarian community to 1990's service and information community has been made possible by utilizing infrastructure systems such as transport networks. There has been remarkable investments on the transport networks during the last decades.

Inter-regional road network is in a crucial position from the point of view of industry and business. The purpose of minimizing logistics costs often leads to concentrated production structure. This development sets higher requirements for the transport systems.

Study offers some answers to the question, how road improvements have affected on transportation economics in Finland. Although we can not completely separate the importance of transport networks from other components which have also had an effect on the development, it is possible - with some restrictions - to study whether the road network of the 1970's would be sufficient to satisfy current transportation needs on economical aspect.

Publisher

Association for European Transport