It becomes a particularly strong effect when new infrastructures are added to an undeveloped or underdeveloped site and thus locational decision tend to be simpler and unhindered by the existing spatial structure. There are therefore stronger locational impacts of transportation improvements in a less developed context than in the case of high density.
The locational effects on activities are not always automatic or evident. They are important however when infrastructure is accompanied by social, economic and urban transformations. New infrastructures therefore play a catalytic role, because they are able of transforming space through land use and mobility changes to which further improvements change in a more marginal fashion. Author: Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue The location of economic activities is related to their nature and function with each activity having a level of dependence on transportation.
The Importance of Transport in Location The location of activities encompasses the concepts of site and its situation. This perspective can further be expanded by three interdependent factors in the global location of cities: Connectivity.
The city is located at load break point where cargoes are moved from one mode to the other, connecting two or more systems of circulation. The city is located in proximity to a major or several resource and serves as a convenient point of collection, distribution and transformation. The resource can at a specific location e. The city serves a hinterland in the provision of goods and services with its size a function of the density. Site and Situation Historical Urban Location Factors Factors in Urban Location Strategic Decision Making in Location Behavioral Approach to Location Most of location theories have an explicit or implicit role attributed to transport since accessibility is an important factor in the location preferences of firms and individuals.
At best, the following observations concerning transportation modes and terminals and their importance for location can be made: Ports and airports. Main port and airports facilities, particularly the networks they support, have been important factors in the reduction of transportation costs, particularly over long distances.
These facilities are also important drivers of c o-location of related activities, particularly for ports since inland distribution costs tend to be higher. Roads and railroads. Road and rail infrastructures provide a structuring and convergence effect that varies according to the level of accessibility and density.
In addition to reduce transport costs, efficient roads and railways support higher density levels of economic activities. For rail transport, terminals also have an important co-location effect with the setting of inland ports. They provide no specific local influence, but the quality of regional and national telecommunication systems tends to ease transactions. Telecommunication systems benefits from higher densities since it becomes more effective to service a customer base.
With the ongoing digitalization of transportation, information technologies impact mobility in numerous was, mainly by allowing the providers and consumers of transportation services to better interact. Location Spectrum and Factors The location of economic activities is a priori dependent on the nature of the activity itself. Although each type of economic activity has its own set of location factors, some general factors can be identified by major economic sectors: Primary economic activities. Their dominant location factor is related to environmental endowments , such as natural resources.
For instance, mining takes place where economically recoverable mineral deposits are found and agriculture is subject to environmental constraints such as soil fertility, precipitation and temperature climate. Primary activities are thus characterized by the most basic location factors but have a strong reliance on transportation since their locations are rarely close to markets and they usually concern ponderous goods.
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Substantial investments in extraction and distribution infrastructures must thus be made before resources can be brought to markets. The capacity to transport raw materials plays a significant role in the possible development of extractive activities at a location. Secondary economic activities. Location is thus an important cost factor and the general purpose is usually to minimize it.
Considering the wide variety of industrial and manufacturing activities, understanding the rationale of each sector is a difficult task that has been subject to many investigations in economic geography. Tertiary economic activities. Log out of ReadCube. Volume 12 , Issue 2. The full text of this article hosted at iucr. If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, your email address may not be registered, and you may need to create a new Wiley Online Library account.
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View access options below. You previously purchased this article through ReadCube. Institutional Login. Log in to Wiley Online Library. Let the cost of transporting one unit of the weight-losing material is Rs Figure If a market location is selected, one would have to ship one unit of material from both S, and S 2 at total cost of Rs If S 1 was selected for processing, the cost of obtaining the material from S 2 would be Rs No transport cost would be charged to get the material from s 1 and the cost to transport the product to market with the 50 per cent weight loss would be Rs The market, from S, to S 2 would have the same total transport cost.
Weber, however, was concerned with selecting the least-cost or optimum location. A second look at Figure An area handicapped by high transport cost might nevertheless be attractive to industry because of inexpensive labour. In other words, a trade off may exist between transport and labour costs, and the firm chooses the location with the least combined cost. To illustrate this, Weber used two devices that he called isotims equal in price an isodapanes equal in expense.
Here, m represents the market and r the raw material site. Again, transportation costs are assumed to be the same per ton mile for both raw material and finished product. The isotims around m represent transport costs from all points to m, and those around r represent costs to all points from r. Both sets of circles isotims represent a spacing of one unit of transport cost per ton. It is assumed that the raw material is gross, and that it loses 50 per cent of its weight in the manufacturing process.
If the factory was located at r every ton of the final product shipped from r to m would cost 10 units of transportation costs 10 intervals from r to m on the diagram. If the factory, on the other hand, was located atm 1 the cost would be 20 units of transportation charges, since double the quantity of raw material to final product has to be carried. Alternative locations also exist. An isodapane can now be constructed representing all points that have a total transportation cost of 18 units. All points on this isodapane in fact carry 8 units of transportation cost above that obtained at R.
The isodapanes reveal how great the labour cost advantage would have to be in order to offset higher transportation costs. If its advantage is greater than 8 units, then in economically rational terms it would be an industrial site. If no sites exist with these advantages, then there will be no move to a cheap labour location. If more than one site does, then the firm will move to a cheap labour site — in fact, to the site of the least labour cost. He considered agglomeration as the money savings per unit that would accrue to a plant from locating within a cluster of other plants.
Weber saw agglomeration not as producing internal-scale economies, but rather external economies including urbanisation economies.
Figure Around each plant is drawn a critical isodapane a line showing where the savings from agglomeration would exactly offset the added transport cost for each firm. In other words, if each of these three firms could locate together, the agglomeration advantages would be just matched along these lines by the higher transport costs.
Weber’s Location Triangle
On the basis of above mentioned locational elements and their combined interplay of the factors, Weber used material index, which is the weight of the localised material inputs divided by the weight of the product. In the former case, the index is less than one, in the latter, greater than one.
If a firm or industry has a high labour coefficient ration of labour cost to the combined weights of the material input and the product output , then the firm will be attracted to a point other than that with least costs in transport terms alone. Of course, this assumes that the savings in labour costs equal or exceed the transport diseconomies thus incurred. Agglomeration economies could also outweigh transport economies, thus giving rise to a third location type.
He recognised that these could vary spatially and therefore wield an influence on the location of a factory. Thus, savings in labour costs could offset extra transportation costs. It concludes that the optimum profit maximising location is the location where costs are minimised.
Its English translation was published in as Economics of Location.