OECD/ITF Joint Transport Research Centre Discussion Papers

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2070-8270 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/20708270
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The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 52 member countries. It acts as a strategic think tank for transport policy and organizes an annual summit of ministers. Our work is underpinned by economic research, statistics collection and policy analysis, often undertaken in collaboration with many of the world's leading research figures in academia, business and government. This series of Discussion Papers is intended to disseminate the International Transport Forum’s research findings rapidly among specialists in the field concerned.
 

Competition for Long Distance Passenger Rail Services

The Emerging Evidence You or your institution have access to this content

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Author(s):
John Preston1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: University of Southampton, United Kingdom

Publication Date
01 Dec 2009
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No:
2009/23
Pages
23
DOI
10.1787/5kmmncfpzxq0-en

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The aim of this paper is to review the emerging evidence on competition in the long distance passenger rail service. This draws on the three bodies of evidence. In section 2, we examine the ex-ante evidence from theoretical models based on Preston (2008a). In section 3, we examine the ex-post evidence on competition for the market, with particular emphasis on the East Coast Main Line franchise in Great-Britain, drawing in part on Preston (2008b). Likewise, in section 4, we consider recent evidence on open access services that are competing in the market in Great-Britain, drawing on Griffiths (2009). Finally, we shall draw some conclusions.