A conceptual framework for land use and metro infrastructure

Nathan Darroch, Mark Beecroft (Collaborator), John Nelson (Collaborator)

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The continued urbanisation of the world’s population generates pressures for the greater use of urban space. Where underground metro infrastructure is present within the urban environment, interfaces with private property at the surface and subsurface levels can raise issues from both engineering and legal perspectives. This paper introduces a conceptual framework for describing three principal interfaces identified as presence, property and protection. These three interfaces are interconnected and interdependent, each having three subinterfaces. The conceptual framework provides a way to determine these interfaces. The paper presents a proof-of-concept case study based on the Glasgow subway. It concludes that while the three overriding principal interfaces within the conceptual framework are applicable to any one metro system, not all subinterfaces may be.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-131
Number of pages10
JournalInfrastructure Asset Management
Issue number4
Early online date4 Nov 2016
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2016

Bibliographical note

Thanks are extended to the members of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport who
participated in the semi-structured interview for this paper and the wider research
currently being undertaken. Thanks are also extended to Mr Malcolm Payne,
Principal Infrastructure Protection Engineer, of London Underground for his input in
to this paper and the wider research currently being undertaken.


  • town & city planning
  • tunnels & tunnelling
  • urban regeneration
  • buildings
  • structures & design
  • corporate responsibility
  • infrastructure planning
  • railway systems
  • sustainability


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