Rail Accessibility in Germany: Changing Regional Disparities between 1990 and 2020 Authors Fabian Wenner https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2356-8120 Alain Thierstein https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1878-4862 DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.63 Keywords: Accessibility, Rail, High Speed Rail, Regional Disparities Abstract Transport accessibility is an important location factor for households and firms. In the last few decades, technological and social developments have contributed to a reinvigorated role of passenger transport. However, rail accessibility is unevenly distributed in space. The introduction of high-speed rail has furthermore promoted a polarisation of accessibility between metropolises and peripheral areas in some European countries. In this article we analyse the development of rail accessibility at the regional level in Germany between 1990 and 2020 for 266 functional city-regions. Our results show two different facets: The number of regions that are directly connected to one another has decreased, but at the same time the spatial disparities of accessibility have decreased, albeit to a small extent. This development was strongest in East Germany after German reunification and thus largely a consequence of the renovation of the conventional rail infrastructure, not high-speed rail. Nevertheless, it can be concluded that the introduction of high-speed traffic in Germany did not lead to an increase in accessibility disparities. Instead, the accessibility effects of high-speed rail in Germany seem to break the traditional dichotomy between core and periphery. Downloads PDF (Deutsch) HTML (Deutsch) Published 2021-02-26 How to Cite Wenner, F., & Thierstein, A. . (2021). Rail Accessibility in Germany: Changing Regional Disparities between 1990 and 2020. Raumforschung Und Raumordnung | Spatial Research and Planning. https://doi.org/10.14512/rur.63 More Citation Formats ACM ACS APA ABNT Chicago Harvard IEEE MLA Turabian Vancouver Download Citation Endnote/Zotero/Mendeley (RIS) BibTeX Issue Online first Section Article License Copyright (c) 2021 Fabian Wenner, Alain Thierstein This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Articles in Raumforschung und Raumordnung - Spatial Research and Planing are published under a Creative Commons license. Until Vol. 79 No. 1, articles were published under a CC BY-SA license. From Vol. 79 No. 2 (2021), the license applied is the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License CC BY 4.0. Under this license, anyone may access, copy, redistribute, or adapt these articles, as long as the author and original source are properly cited and the contributions are distributed under the same license as the original.