The South West of England is a very extensive region with constraints in terms of its transport network. It is imperative if the region is to optimise its economic development for transport services to fully utilise all transport modes, not least short sea shipping. To achieve this utilisation will require, inter alia, investment in the regions port infrastructure. In addition, the region is well-placed geographically in relation to a number of other European Union countries to develop seaborne trade links with them. If this can be supported both by the development of coastal shipping links between regional ports and the incremental capability of rail and road transport within the region then substantial increased economic activity for the region could result. Moreover, it will be beneficial if the regions ports could act as a network, optimising the contribution each port can make. This in no way precludes healthy competition between the ports.
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DOIS: 10.1007/978-94-007-2762-5_8 10.17863/cam.1593
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