Commuting to Skåne’s Regional Centers - A Quantitative Study of Opportunities and Possible Consequences for Students

University essay from Lunds universitet/Institutionen för kulturgeografi och ekonomisk geografi

Abstract: Region Skåne has designated seven regional centers in Skåne: Malmö, Lund, Helsingborg, Landskrona, Hässleholm, Kristianstad and Ystad. These centers are to be, among other things, providers of key services. The aim of this thesis is to examine whether Skåne’s students have equal opportunity, through public transport, to benefit from the regional centers’ provision of gymnasiumlevel education. This thesis uses time geography as a theoretical framework, and also relies on previous research into the importance and impact of public transport and commuting, especially on students. The research is done by employing a quantitative statistical method, conducted on self-compiled data, primarily compiled through use of Google Maps and the Skånetrafiken app. The results of the study show that residents of different urban areas and municipalities are not in equal positions when it comes to commuting to regional centers, neither when it comes to travel time nor number of transfers, and that smaller localities generally have poorer public transport access to regional centers than larger localities. Thus, it is likely that students from different parts of the province may suffer to different extents from the possible negative consequences of a longer and more arduous commute.

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