Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 1

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Main problems of transport infrastructure development in Slovakia and effects on regional development

Daniel Michniak

Geographia Polonica (2015) vol. 88, iss. 1, pp. 21-39
doi: https://doi.org/10.7163/GPol.0004

Abstract

The aim of this article is to examine the development of transport infrastructure (modernisation of railway tracks and development of the motorway and expressway network) and its possible effects on regional development in Slovakia. Accessible transport infrastructure (mainly the motorway network) has influenced many decisions concerning the location of industrial investments. The impact of transport infrastructure on the reduction of regional disparities in Slovakia is limited mainly due to the concentration of transport infrastructure investment in the more developed regions of Slovakia. Poorer regions in eastern Slovakia and the southern part of Central Slovakia are still affected by the unfavourable level of accessibility to the transport infrastructure that creates important conditions affecting their development.

Keywords: transport infrastructure development, regional development, travel time, industrial investment location, regional disparities, regional structure, Slovakia

Daniel Michniak [geogmich@savba.sk], Institute of Geography Slovak Academy of Sciences Stefánikova 49, 814 73 Bratislava: Slovakia