European Railway Infrastructure: Towards a Convergence of Infrastructure Charging?

The main objective of the 1991 European Directive (91/440) was to split transport operating from infrastructure management (at least in accounting terms), to open railway operation to competition, and to develop market relationships in order to increase efficiency. Consequently, the issue of infrastructure charges is becoming more and more important. This article investigates the European railway infrastructure, considering infrastructure charging trends. The author first presents the theoretical foundations of the uncertainties in the economic factors (including long and short run marginal costs, efficient pricing, long-term incremental costs, tariffs), then describes how some national railroad infrastructure charging policies bring answers to the infrastructure charging issue. The author outlines the British, German, and French charging policies. The author concludes that, despite national differences, there are some signs of ways of convergence of infrastructure charges, due to the fact that the same key issue remains about infrastructure management: how to finance the renewal and development of infrastructure.


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  • Accession Number: 01002978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2005 11:26AM