ECMT Round Tables

European Conference of Ministers of Transport

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ITF Round Tables
English
ISSN: 
1990-0228 (online)
ISSN: 
1990-0236 (print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/19900228
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A series of conference proceedings on various transportation issues from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, now known as the International Transport Forum.
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User Charges for Railway Infrastructure

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02 Dec 1998
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216
ISBN:
9789264017146 (PDF) ;9789282112403(print)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264017146-en

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Now that railway infrastructure and train operations have been separated in Europe -- at least for accounting purposes -- user charges for infrastructure are progressively being introduced to cover the costs of running trains. However, because of the lack of experience in this field, it is difficult to set the amount and choose the most appropriate form for these charges. There are in fact major differences between countries, and the objectives are many and sometimes conflicting. Given this situation, the Round Table sought to highlight, through its introductory reports and discussions, some essential economic principles that can help to shed light on what a rational system of user charges for railway infrastructure might be and thereby make it possible to address a crucial aspect of railway reform in Europe.
Special attention is paid to the German, French, British and Swedish experience.

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTORY REPORTS
-User Charges for Railway Infrastructure by G. Aberle, Germany
-Economic Rail Infrastructure Tolls by L Baumstark and A. Bonnafous, France
-Principles Underlying User Charges for Railway Infrastructure by J. Dodgson, United Kingdom
-An Analysis of the Rail Transport System by J. O. Jansson, Sweden
NOTE BY THE CHAIRMAN
-Issues Involved in Infrastructure Pricing by C. Martinand, France
SUMMARY OF DISCUSSIONS
-Round Table debate on reports
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS
 
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