As more European Union (EU) countries begin to implement cross-border transport partnerships, this article asks why the UK does not benefit from similar schemes. In the Dutch regional transport sector, a new company IGO Plus was formed by a subsidiary of the state-owned railway company, in partnership with Holland's largest public bus company and a subsidiary of the French state railway operator. This provided a combined tram and bus service in the Dutch region of Anderhoek. The Germans are also testing international transport cooperation in the city of Regensburg. There is no comparable example of an international multi-modal transport enterprise in the UK. The UK has major companies like Stagecoach, National Express, and First Group, which have both bus and train operations. Stagecoach is also penetrating overseas markets and introducing UK good practice in the European Continent. The Connex passenger service in South East England is French-owned. Most rail freight in the UK is carried by EWS, a subsidiary of the US company Wisconsin Central. But these examples provide little evidence of the cross-border flow of ideas and practices, and even less of the multinational corporate structure, which many commentators see in Continental European projects and believe could be profitably imported into the UK.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

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    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • OSBORN, A
  • Publication Date: 1999-9-9


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 18-9
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 186
    • Issue Number: 5549
    • Publisher: Hemming Group, Limited
    • ISSN: 0039-6303

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  • Accession Number: 00779168
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 7 1999 12:00AM