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Competitive Tendering of Rail Services

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Competitive tendering provides a way to introduce competition to railways whilst preserving an integrated network of services. It has been used for freight railways in some countries but is particularly attractive for passenger networks when subsidised services make competition between trains serving the same routes difficult or impossible to organise. This report examines experience to date from around the world in competitively tendering rail services. It seeks to draw lessons for effective design of concessions and regulation from both the successful and less successful cases examined. The work is based on detailed examinations by leading experts of the experience of passenger rail concessions in the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands.  It also draws on examples of freight rail concessions in Latin America.

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British rail franchising: an experience in choppy seas

European Conference of Ministers of Transport

My 5 year-term as the Rail Regulator in Great Britain from 1999 to 2004 coincided with the most turbulent times the British railway industry has ever experienced in peacetime. It was a great honour and privilege to do that job, yielding as it did valuable lessons for rail regulation in the most testing of circumstances.

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