HOW BRITISH RAIL COMPARES WITH OTHER EUROPEAN SYSTEMS: 1: GOVERNMENT ATTITUDES, COMMERCIAL PERFORMANCE AND LABOUR PRODUCTIVITY

The study identifies differences in performance during 1977 between the railways of Britain, West Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Belgium, France and Finland. An attempt is made to separate the effects of geography, economic structure and government policy from those of operation and management. Perhaps the clearest conclusion from the study is the potential for improving British and Italian freight train crew productivity by abolishing guards and/or drivers assistants. Government attitudes and policies exercise a major influence on commercial operating and financial performance. It is clear that there is a close relationship between fares and market-share - the lowest fares having the largest market. It appears that BR faces more severe competition from cars and buses than most of the railways studied. The study showed a close relationship between the rail share of the market and the commodity carried. Staff productivity comparisons are difficult because Sunday is included in the standard week on the continent, whereas in Britain, Sunday working is regarded as overtime. Over the years 1971 to 1976, although BR experienced falling traffic, a rapid reduction in the labour force has led to a modest rise in train-km per man.

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    Ian Allan Limited

    Terminal House
    Shepperton, Middlesex  England  TW17 8AS
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 252-256
  • Serial:
    • MODERN RAILWAYS
    • Volume: 37
    • Issue Number: 381
    • Publisher: Ian Allan Publishing, Limited
    • ISSN: 0026-8356

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319699
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM