Access regimes and the economics of New Zealand's rail network

This paper is about the issues and principles underlying track access regimes in rail reference to the New Zealand metropolitan rail context. The paper starts with an outline of the process initiated earlier this year towards agreement on a track access regime between KiwiRail Group and Auckland and Wellington regional councils. It then discusses some of the economic issues arising in the design of access regimes for network industries in which, as with rail, the network provider is a 'natural monopoly'. The paper also highlights some of the differences between theoretical ideals and practical soloutions. Even given clarity about the objectives of the access regime, achieving a sustainable solution involves some complex trade-offs.

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  • Pagination: 9p.
  • Monograph Title: Rejuvenation and renaissance: CORE 2010: conference on railway engineering, 12-15 September 2010, Wellington, New Zealand

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  • Accession Number: 01517092
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:07PM