SCIENTIA GEOGRAPHICA SINICA ›› 2023, Vol. 43 ›› Issue (8): 1317-1328.doi: 10.13249/j.cnki.sgs.2023.08.001

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Coupling and coordination analysis of node and place functions of urban high-speed railway stations in the Yangtze River Economic Belt

Wang Degen1,2(), Tang Juan2, Zhu Mei2,3,*(), Xu Yinfeng2   

  1. 1. Center for Chinese Urbanization Studies, Soochow University, Suzhou 215006, Jiangsu, China
    2. School of Architecture, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, Jiangsu, China
    3. School of Sociology, Soochow University, Suzhou 215123, Jiangsu, China
  • Received:2022-01-05 Revised:2022-04-27 Online:2023-08-30 Published:2023-08-30
  • Contact: Zhu Mei;
  • Supported by:
    National Social Science Found of China(22BJL058);Humanities and Social Sciences Research Program of the Ministry of Education(22YJC790192);Collaborative Innovation Center for New Urbanization and Social Governance(SX14700121)


The development of station areas driven by the high-speed railway dividend is out of order. The coordinated development of nodes and places has become an important path to promote the orderly construction of high-speed railway station areas and to promote each other's development. Taking 37 urban high-speed railway stations in the Yangtze River Economic Belt as examples, this paper constructs a coupling coordination degree and relative development degree model to identify the types of coupling development and spatial differentiation characteristics of high-speed railway station areas. It is found that: 1) The high-speed railway station in the Yangtze River Economic Belt can be divided into three types of coupling coordination development stages, including the running-in stage, the antagonism stage and the low-level coupling stage, exhibiting the characteristic of node lagging, place lagging and node place synchronization. 2) The types of coupling and coordination of node and place functions in the high-speed railway stations can be classified as low-coupling-node lagging, low-coupling-place lagging, antagonistic-node lagging, antagonistic-place lagging, running-in-node lagging, friction-synchronous development, and running-in-place lagging, representing low-level development, unsustainable, and to be optimized and upgraded. The spatial distribution shows significant inter-group variation in urban clusters, while cities in urban clusters are characterized by "converging centers and scattered nodes". Through this research, we can understand the current situation of functional coupling and coordination between node and place in the high-speed railway station area of the Yangtze River Economic Belt scientifically, and improve the fitness between the hub construction and function development. Besides, it can provide valuable references for promoting reasonable construction and sustainable development of the areas around the high-speed railway station.

Key words: high-speed railway station area, node place function, types of coupling and coordination, the Yangtze River Economic Belt

CLC Number: 

  • U291