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Rail Economics, Policy and Regulation in Europe

Edited by Matthias Finger, Professor, Management of Network Industries, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale Lausanne, Switzerland and Pierre Messulam, Directeur Général Adjoint, Transilien SNCF, France
The European railway sector has undergone profound and predominantly institutional changes over the past 20 years, due to the initiatives of the European Commission. This book constitutes a first systematic assessment and account of the recent transformations of the industry along a series of critical yet contentious issues such as competition, unbundling, regulation, access charging, standards and interoperability, and public–private partnerships. It also covers the main railways sectors including passenger transport, high speed and freight.
Extent: 392 pp
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Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 978 1 78347 332 8
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The European railway sector has gone through profound, yet mostly institutional, changes over the past 20 years, owing mainly to the initiatives of the European Commission. This book constitutes a first systematic account and assessment of the recent transformations of the European railway sector, whilst also covering the main segments such as passenger transport, high speed and freight.

The expert contributors have been charting these developments over the past five years. They provide a critical analysis of relevant, yet contentious, issues such as competition, unbundling, regulation, access charging, standards and interoperability, and public-private partnerships.

Practically-minded academics, as well as academically-oriented practitioners, interested in the railway sector and other public transport sectors will find this book to be a crucial read. It will also be of use to postgraduates studying infrastructure economics, policy and regulation.
‘Railways – they are one of the most powerful and symbolic modes of transport. They are especially important for Europe and for many decades the EU has tried to facilitate their development. This book provides a lot of good analysis of the problems of contemporary European railways. It also contains many interesting proposals on how to solve these problems. Highly recommended reading for all who are interested in transport and logistics.’
– Siim Kallas, former Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Transport 2010–2014
Contributors: N. Baron, A.S. Bergantino, J. Dehornoy, M. Dillon, N. Fearnley, M.Finger, R. Gevaers, T. Holvad, A. Jan, N. Keogh, G. Knieps, J. Maes, A. Meaney, P. Messulam, F. Mizutani, C. Nash, S. Olsen, J. Runde Krogstad, M. Sanchez-Borras, D. van de Velde, E. Van de Voorde, T. Vanelslander
Contents:

Introduction
Matthias Finger and Pierre Messulam

1. Rail Economics and Regulation
Matthias Finger and Pierre Messulam

2. Railways and Demographic Change
Nacima Baron

3. Competition and Third-party Access in Railroads
Günter Knieps

4. European Railway Reform: Unbundling and the Need for Coordination
Didier van de Velde

5. Commercialization and Managerial Independence
Silvia Olsen, Nils Fearnley and Julie Runde Krogstad

6. High-speed Rail in Europe
Marta Sánchez-Borràs

7. Incumbents and New Entrants in European Rail Freight
Roel Gevaers, Jochen Maes, Eddy Van de Voorde and Thierry Vanelslander

8. Incumbents and New Entrants
Angela Stefania Bergantino

9. Rolling Stock Companies (Roscos) – Eexperience from Great Britain
Matthew Dillon, Alexander Jan and Neil Keogh

10. What Does a Best-practice Railway Look Like?
Chris Nash

11. Public-private Partnerships in the Rail Sector
Julien Dehornoy

12. Mutual Recognition, Standards and Interoperability
Torben Holvad

13. Non-discriminatory Access Beyond the Tracks
Andrew Meaney

14. Rail Access Charges
Pierre Messulam and Matthias Finger

15. Looking beyond Europe
Fumitoshi Mizutani

Index