Enhancing the Competitiveness of International Rail Freight Services

The international rail freight business in Europe is still far behind its capabilities and the targets of all market opening initiatives by the European Union (EU). International rail transport in Europe increased but has not reached a significant market share during the last years if the whole of Europe is taken into account. One of the main factors influencing the competitiveness of rail freight are the costs of providing the services. The paper follows a market-oriented approach and analyses the costs of cross-border rail freight services on certain European corridors with a special focus on the influence of political and legal requirements on the costs. Several fields where a change in political and legal requirements can lower the costs of international rail freight services in Europe are identified. The paper shows therewith ways for an improvement of the competitiveness of rail freight in the European transport market.


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: Transport Research Arena (TRA) 2014 Proceedings

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  • Accession Number: 01529919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: VTI, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 1 2014 9:20AM