the glasgow rail impact study is a study of the effects of two rail improvements in the glasgow area; the modernisationof the underground, and the linking of the railway systems north and south of the clyde by the argyle line, which allows through journeys and provides new stations in the city centre. the rail improvements opened for passenger traffic in the winter of 1979/80. the study, which is being conducted by the scottish development department, trrl and martin and voorhees associates, aims to assess the impact of the investment, including the social effects on different sectors of the population and to measure the effect of the changes in the transport system. the results from the study will be directly relevant to sdd, british rail and greater glasgow pte in developing the best use of the new facilities, to central government in guiding future investment decisions, and to trrl in research into forecasting methods. the main data source for the study is a series of 'before' and 'after' surveys covering households in the corridor affected by the new services, passengers on bus, rail and underground, and users of a range of activities including shopping, hospital visiting and outpatients, leisure and recreation, and employment.(a)

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