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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Central and Eastern Europe: a special situation

European Conference of Ministers of Transport

CER brings together 49 railway and infrastructure companies from all EU states, Switzerland, Norway, the EU accession states, and states on a road-map towards EU membership. It provides advice on all issues relating to the EU and its laws. The CER works on all political questions relevant to the railway business (in close co-operation on technical issues with the International Union of Railways (UIC) in Paris). It provides information and advice to political decision makers in Brussels.

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